Alerts for: Southern Gulf Islands
10:59 PM PST Wednesday 07 December 2016
Special weather statement in effect for:
- Southern Gulf Islands
Snow is on the way for the South Coast Thursday night and Friday. Wintery spell to continue next week.
Forecasters are tracking the next Pacific storm that is expected to reach the South Coast Thursday night. With cold Arctic air entrenched across the region precipitation from this storm will fall as snow.
Computer models have been delaying the arrival of the snow with this system but confidence is building that precipitation will begin Thursday night on the mainland and a little earlier over Vancouver Island.
Indications are now that snow will not change to rain over low lying coastal communities until Friday afternoon or Friday evening. For communities at higher elevations or inland, precipitation will remain in the form of snow through Friday night.
Strong easterly winds combined with the snow will cause reduce visibilities in blowing snow at times Thursday night and Friday, especially over Howe Sound and the Fraser Valley.
The airmass over the South Coast will remain cool through the weekend Any snow that falls Thursday night and Friday will probably stick around.
More snow is possible on the weekend across the region.
Colder temperatures and possibly more snow are forecast for next week as Arctic air will take a firm grip on southern B.C.
As the storm details become clearer, this statement will be updated and may be upgraded to a weather warning.
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