Slick roads possible in B.C. into Thursday, next system arrives on Friday
Wednesday’s wintry weather led to slick roads across parts of the South Coast. Lingering snow could lead to hazardous travel into Thursday morning for some areas.
A low-pressure system sliding down the coast brought another burst of wintry weather to the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island on Wednesday. This snow will continue into Thursday morning for some areas before tapering off ahead of our next system at the end of the week. By the end of the snow, the greatest amounts are likely for the mountain passes, with a lighter coating of snow for communities at lower elevations. More on the lingering snow, and the next system arriving on Friday, below.
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INTO THURSDAY: SNOW CONTINUES FOR HIGHER ELEVATIONS, SLICK ROADS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT
A system sliding south along the B.C. coast through the day on Wednesday brought some wintry weather to Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The threat for accumulating snow prompted special weather statements and snowfall warnings for some areas.
Freezing levels near sea level led to accumulating snow for communities at low elevations. Storm total accumulations of 2-5 cm are possible before warmer air pushes in and snow changes over to rain into the overnight hours on Wednesday.
Greater accumulations are possible through the central and eastern Fraser Valley, including Chilliwack and Hope, where snow may persist into Thursday morning.
Any snow lingering on the roads will lead to potentially hazardous travel conditions, especially at higher elevations and in mountain passes where more snow is in the forecast. Use caution and watch out for any slick spots while you’re out and about.
LOOK AHEAD: SOGGY SYSTEM FOR END OF THE WEEK
Another system is in the forecast for Friday. Low freezing levels will bring the opportunity for significant snow to ski areas.
This snow will impact travel through the mountain passes as we head into the weekend. Rain could mix with wet snow for the higher terrain across the Lower Mainland.
Conditions will remain unsettled at times heading into next week, but no major storms are in sight. In fact, the South Coast will see below-normal precipitation over the next couple of weeks while the central and northern coasts will experience above-normal precipitation.
We could see a few rounds of unsettled weather heading into next week, but no major storms are in sight. In fact, the South Coast is likely to see below-normal precipitation over the next couple of weeks.
The month of February began with Arctic air making a return to Western Canada, but we can expect temperatures to tip to the warm side of seasonal across B.C.
Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates across B.C.