Snow, wind warnings for Metro Vancouver: Environment Canada
VANCOUVER -- It's another cold, snowy day in the Lower Mainland and the region was put under wind and snowfall warnings.
Environment Canada said Metro Vancouver could expect 10 to 15 centimetres of snow Wednesday morning. Even though one snowfall warning was lifted around 8:30 a.m., another was issued about two hours later.
"Cold air will remain in place over the North Shore, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, as well as northern sections of Langley and Surrey," Environment Canada says in its warning.
"Snowfall accumulations of 10 centimetres is expected over these areas tonight as a result."
The snow is expected to change to scattered showers or flurries by Thursday.
Thanks to the snow, many Lower Mainland school districts cancelled class on Wednesday. Those taking transit were also told to expect significant "delays and gaps" in service.
But it's not just snow that Metro Vancouver can expect as a wind warning has also been issued for the region.
Winds are expected to develop over Vancouver Island first, then hit southern and western sections of Metro Vancouver by Wednesday evening.
They're expected to ease off by Thursday morning.
"Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur," Environment Canada's warning says.
"High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds."
Strong winds were also expected over the water and there was a "hurricane force" wind warning issued for the Howe Sound area.
Winter weather across B.C.
Most of the province was covered in winter weather advisories Wednesday morning. Just before 11:30 a.m., there were 23 extreme cold warnings, seven winter storm warnings, seven snowfall warnings, six Arctic outflow warnings, five wind warnings and one blizzard warning in B.C.
In some northern parts of the province – such as Dease Lake – a "bitterly cold Arctic ridge" was bringing frigid temperatures that could feel colder than -50 C.
"A prolonged period of very cold wind chills continues," Environment Canada said in its warning. "Extreme cold puts everyone at risk."