Mild snow en route for British Columbia
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11:25 AM -
The mercury dropped hard in British Columbia last week, and it's stayed down since then.
This weekend will be no exception. Environment Canada has maintained an Arctic Outflow warning for parts of the province for more than a week now, and now an approaching low from the Pacific looks set to bring snow to parts of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
Family Day long weekend in BC will be a messy one. #Vancouver could see a light dusting of snow tomorrow night, and an even messier Monday!— Natalie Thomas (@NatalieTWN) February 8, 2014
Weather Network forecasters say the snow moves in Sunday night, while parts of the southern coast and southeastern Vancouver Island may already have seen some light scattered flurries.
Authorities are warning people to brace for the messy weather, with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia urging motorists to drive to the conditions.
On the heels of this low pressure system will come several others, bringing a pattern of rain beginning in the mid-week.
The good news is, that rain will be ferried in on the back of warmer pacific air, finally bringing an end to this pattern of below-seasonal temperatures that has gripped the province and broken cold-weather records dating back decades.
Balmy Vancouver was not spared. On Thursday morning, the city's airport reported a low temperature of -8.3°C, breaking the previous record of -7.8°C set all the way back in 1948.
The cold temperatures prompted authorities to open additional homeless shelters, and led to a few not commonly seen scenes, like this ice-filled river in Port Coquitlam:
TUNE IN: We'll be covering this system on television as it approaches B.C.