Vancouver, here comes the snow!

ENVIRONMENT Canada issued a special weather statement on Tuesday in effect for:

City of Vancouver – including Burnaby and New Westminster
Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
North Shore – including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
A frontal system advancing from the Pacific will result in snow developing on Tuesday tonight and amounts up to 5 cm are possible into Wednesday.

Meanwhile a low developing southwest of the region will allow snow to reintensify over Vancouver Island Wednesday evening reaching the Lower Mainland early Thursday. Snow is expected to change to rain through the day over Vancouver Island and parts of Metro Vancouver on Thursday. Amounts are expected to be highly variable with amounts of 2 to 5 cm near the Coast ranging to possibly as high as 10 cm or more in inland areas. Amounts will depend on how quickly the warm air advances and the timing of transition to rain. Additionally there is the possibility of freezing rain with the changeover. The public is advised that roads and walkways will become hazardous and that they should stay tuned for further updates and likely warnings.