Snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver

Snow is coming. Yay?

Environment Canada has a snowfall warning in effect for Metro Vancouver.

A bulletin posted this morning (December 19) states:

10 cm of snow inland and over higher terrain. Lesser amounts near the coast. 20 cm of snow near Stewart.

A cold air mass has settled over the South Coast this morning in the wake of a weak Arctic front out of the British Columbia Interior. A low pressure system approaching from the Pacific will spread moisture across the region beginning late this evening and into Friday.

With the temperature forecast to hover near zero, the precipitation is expected to start off as snow for the majority of the South Coast. Furthermore, snow is likely to continue falling through the morning commute on Friday. As the wind picks up later Friday morning, snow should change to rain near the immediate coast. However, further inland and over higher terrain, snowfall accumulations will probably reach 10 cm or more before tapering off to light rain or drizzle by late Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, near Stewart the same frontal system will give total snow amounts up to 20 cm by Friday evening. 

According to Environment Canada's weather site, the Vancouver International Airport could see five centimetres of snow tonight (starting around midnight) and another five centimetres on Friday (December 20).

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