The cold dry days for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are coming to an end. At least temporarily.
A major change in the weather pattern will occur this weekend and on Monday. Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga says the change will take place in two steps – the arrival of a Pacific front followed by an Arctic front.
Madryga says the Pacific front will generate heavy south coastal rain late Saturday into Sunday morning. The cool moist unstable air Sunday night and Monday morning means heavy rain showers may turn to snow showers, even at sea level, with local accumulations a few centimetres.
This includes Metro Vancouver and in the Fraser Valley.
Late Monday the Arctic air will begin draining out of the South Coast mainland inlets. Residual moisture from the previous front may result in snow flurries and local accumulations of a few centimetres.
Madryga says with strong winds accompanying the flurries, local white-out conditions are possible in some preferred locations on the South Coast - Sumas Prairie in the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound and possibly the East Coast of Vancouver Island if the Arctic ‘push’ is strong enough.
By Tuesday morning the South Coast will be bathed in brilliant sunshine, but the wind chills will continue as usual in the Fraser Valley Howe Sound and the East Coast of Vancouver Island.
Right now it appears the brilliant but cold conditions will persist through next week as another blocking ridge sets up over the Pacific.
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- With files from Mark Madyrga and Environment Canada.
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