PHOTOS: Snow hits B.C.'s South Coast, winter lovers rejoice
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11:48 AM - A moist Pacific front moved across British Columbia's South Coast on Tuesday night bringing a mix of rain and snow over Metro Vancouver with increasing snowfall accumulations for higher elevations and areas further inland. A more potent system is on deck for parts of the province on Saturday with below seasonal conditions persisting. More on that below
Tuesday's snow prompted widespread snowfall warnings with up to 15 cm of snow possible for some places. The set-up was very elevation dependent.
"The snow eased Wednesday morning after about 5 cm was reported through the overnight at Vancouver's airport," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm. "Between to 5-10 cm of snow was reported through the Fraser Valley with Langley picking up 7 cm by early Wednesday."
Conditions will continue to clear throughout the day across the province as the front moves south of the U.S. border. Still, driving conditions could be compromised, so motorists are being urged to be aware of reduced visibility and poor roads.
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A shift to north winds and cooler temperatures expected through Thursday.
Social media lit up with beautiful images as the snow began to coat the ground late Tuesday, perfect timing for the snow lovers ahead of Valentine's Day.
Potentially potent Saturday system, chilly pattern continues
As the wintry pattern begins to break down over the Great Lakes region and Quebec, the focus of the arctic air for the next couple of weeks will be over western Canada.
"It will be colder than seasonal for most of this week and weekend in British Columbia," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "We're watching for unsettled conditions late week with a potent system expected for Saturday with snow levels approaching the higher elevations of the Lower Mainland."
Heavy snow is likely for the mountains with this system and even for parts of the Interior.
"There will be abundant snow for the Rockies and heavy snow for the B.C. Peace River region," Gillham adds. "And expect the chilly pattern to continue into next week."
There will be a break in the active pattern early next week, but becoming unsettled again for mid to late week.