Environment Canada issues new wind and snowfall warnings for Metro Vancouver

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      It’s best to stay indoors tonight if possible, because our city will continue to be a frozen wasteland that doesn’t know how to handle snow.

      Environment Canada has just issued new weather alerts for Metro Vancouver today (January 15), which includes a wind warning and snowfall warning.

      Strong winds that may cause damage are occurring or expected, and southeast winds of 70 to 90 kilometres per hour will develop over Greater Victoria before spreading to the inner South Coast this evening. 

      The winds are expected to ease by Thursday (January 16) morning.

      The wind warning is in effect for:

      • Metro Vancouver: central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster;
      • Metro Vancouver: North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver;
      • Metro Vancouver: southeast including Surrey and Langley;
      • Metro Vancouver: southwest including Richmond and Delta.
      Heavy flurries have been observed throughout the city this afternoon.
      Tammy Kwan

      As for snow, Metro Vancouver has been experiencing heavy flurries throughout the afternoon. Another 5 centimetres of snowfall can be expected throughout the region. 

      The snowfall warning is in effect for:

      • Metro Vancouver: central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster;
      • Metro Vancouver: North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver;
      • Metro Vancouver: northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge;
      • Metro Vancouver: southeast including Surrey and Langley;
      • Metro Vancouver: southwest including Richmond and Delta.

      But according to the national weather forecast, cold air will remain in place over the North Shore, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, as well as northern sections of Langley and Surrey.

      “Additional snowfall accumulations of 10 centimetres is expected over these areas tonight as a result,” it added.

      The snow will ease to scattered showers or flurries by Thursday, so we likely won’t see any more city-dwellers skiing to work or pushing TransLink buses through the white stuff.

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