More snow ahead after weekend storm pummels parts of British Columbia
Monday, February 24, 2014, 6:43 AM -
Snowfall warnings continued for the the second day across the B.C. South Coast on Sunday, as a warm front brought additional snow to the region.
"Snow, heavy at times, pushed through the lower mainland Friday overnight and continued through the day on Sunday," said Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani. "Visibilites were as low as 600 metres through parts of Abbotsford, and similarly snow fell heavily in other parts of the South Coast."
The two-part storm pummeled elevated areas in Vancouver Island with up to 36 cm of snow.
That was in stark contrast to Vancouver Airport and Whistler, which saw significantly lesser amounts, due to two major factors.
"Snowfall accumulations [with these storms] are highly variable depending on elevation and distance from the ocean," said Doug Gillham, another meteorologist at The Weather Network prior to the storm's arrival. "[Snowfall totals could range] from just a few centimetres at the Vancouver and Victoria airports to 10-20 cm above 200 metres."
While the worst of the snowfall is over, some lingering flurries are expected Monday.
"New models have placed an area of precipitation over the Lower Mainland this morning and through the afternoon," Vaswani says.
Heavy snow was reported in the Lower Mainland early Monday and Victoria Airport picked up a few centimetres of snow before 4 am.
Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for east Vancouver Island early Monday with up to 15 cm possible over higher terrain.
"As a result, the morning commute may be messy with slick roads and falling snow," Vaswani adds. "The moisture is expected to ease this evening and a much drier day will ensue for Tuesday."
Temperatures are also expected to warm to seasonal values through the work week and slightly milder by Friday.
"That being said Arctic Outflow may set up again this coming weekend," Vaswani says.