Snow and rain to impact B.C. throughout weekend, could make for messy conditions
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:18 PM -
British Columbia is in for another weekend storm as two Pacific lows make their way into the province.
The first low made its way to the coast of Vancouver Island Saturday morning, bringing a mixture of wet snow and rain along the immediate coast and moderate to heavy snow inland.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Sunshine coast, where up to 5 cm of snowfall was expected.
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"Snowfall accumulations are highly variable depending on elevation and distance from the ocean," said Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham. "[Snowfall totals could range] from just a few centimetres at the Vancouver and Victoria airports to 10-20 cm above 200 metres."
Rain and snow will diminish somewhat during Saturday night and then redevelop midday Sunday.
"One of the keys is large range in accumulation over short distances based on elevation and distance from the water," Gillham said. "Near sea level we'll see a mixture of rain and snow. Places above 100 meters such as Burnaby should see more snow."
Gusty outflow winds will also be an issue during the storm. Gusts over 50 km/h speeds will affect the east coast of Vancouver Island and the lower mainland.
"There will be gusty winds, mostly over the lower mainland of Vancouver, especially in the lower Fraser Valley region like Abbotsford."