Snow expected on B.C.’s south coast beginning Tuesday afternoon

Snow expected on B.C.’s south coast beginning Tuesday afternoon

There could be up to 15 centimetres of snow in parts of B.C.’s south coast on Tuesday.

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There could be up to 15 centimetres of snow in parts of B.C.’s south coast on Tuesday.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Monday afternoon for the Howe Sound, Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions, warning of arctic air that could usher in a “potent storm” on Tuesday.

That statement was updated early Tuesday morning to include all of Metro Vancouver, the North Shore and the Sea-to-Sky region.

Arctic air has been in place over the South Coast for several days,” read the statement. “A potent storm system over the Alaskan Panhandle will advance southwards on Tuesday, bringing Pacific moisture into the mix.”

The statement noted that 5 to 15 centimetres of snow “are quite possible,” particularly away from the Strait of Georgia. Snow will begin on Tuesday afternoon and continue until Wednesday morning.

On Vancouver Island, freezing levels will be high enough to keep “significant” snowfall to elevations higher than 200 metres.

More to come.

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