City of Vancouver gets ready for possibility of more snow

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      The forecast calls for two to four centimetres of snow in Metro Vancouver on Friday (February 3) morning.

      And according to a federal government weather alert, there will be heavier snow on Friday night and into Saturday morning, reaching up to 15 centimetres in some areas.

      "The snow may switch over to rain or mixed rain and snow on Saturday as milder Pacific air invades the area, especially near the Strait of Georgia and southern Vancouver Island," the alert states. "Freezing rain is a possibility in the Fraser Valley and the Sea to Sky corridor during the transition."

      Another storm will arrive on Sunday (February 3), bringing more snow and rain.

      Naturally, this will have some Vancouver residents worrying about the state of local streets, given what's already taken place this winter.

      Fear not!

      The city has offered assurances that its "comprehensive and proactive snow response plan—including equipment numbers and staffing—is tied to the weather forecasts".

      "Given the variation in forecasts for tomorrow, and to ensure we are ready for whatever weather the coming week will bring, the full snow response fleet is being queued up to respond," the city declared in a news release. "Resources will be scaled back if there is less snowfall than anticipated."

      Warming centres for the homeless will be opened tonight (February 2) and Friday at the West End Community Centre (11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.), Britannia Community Centre (10 p.m. to 9 a.m.), and Carnegie Community Centre (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.).

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