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The forecast is still firming up, but the warmer air will bring a major pattern change.

Freezing rain risk in B.C.

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2:09 PM -

As a low pressure system bears down on British Columbia, forecasters are warning drivers in Canada's Pacific province to be mindful of freezing rain on what's looking to be a cold and stormy Family Day Monday.

An Arctic Outflow warning has been in place for more than a week in parts of British Columbia, and that frigid air has flowed through areas of the province most famous for their mild winters.

Now the low that is approaching is expected to bring snow to parts of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, beginning Sunday night into the morning.

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Accumulations will be light by the standards of the rest of Canada, and Environment Canada has not issued any snowfall warnings, but the 2-5 cm that will fall in lower-lying areas, including Metro Vancouver, could cause problems for drivers on Monday.

The wind chill that has been a real factor in southern B.C. (Vancouver Airport broke a cold-weather record dating back 66 years this past week), so the good news is the approaching low will bring warmer Pacific air.

Unfortunately, the interaction of the warm, moist air with the current Arctic air could lead to an extra commuter complication.

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"There's a slight risk we could see patchy freezing rain in that transition, potentially tomorrow morning," Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler said Sunday morning.

Whether freezing rain or regular rain, the heaviest amounts will fall on the west coast of Vancouver Island, with lesser amounts elsewhere on the island and the lower mainland.

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