ENVIRONMENT Canada on Wednesday afternoon issued a winter storm warning in effect for:
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
Hazardous winter conditions are expected.
A strong system will move towards Vancouver Island on Wednesday night and the snowfall will intensify.
Warmer air aloft will spread across the region on Thursday while brisk northeast winds maintain the cool air near the surface. Snowfall amounts in the range of 10 to 20 cm are possible before the snow transitions to an extended period of freezing rain on Thursday.
A significant layer of ice is possible through Friday especially over Central and Eastern Fraser Valley.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays.