February 11, 2019 10:21 am
Updated: February 12, 2019 1:12 am

New snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

WATCH: The winter storm forced dozens of school closures across Metro Vancouver, and had people flocking to stores to stock up on supplies. Catherine Urquhart reports.

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Environment Canada has issued a new snowfall warning for the South Coast.

Global News meteorologist Mark Madryga says the next round begins Monday afternoon and evening.

“We have a nice break between the major snowstorm of yesterday, last night, and another one coming,” Madryga said on Monday.

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“The one coming later today and tonight won’t be quite as intense, but watch out,” he said on Monday.

The snow is expected to hit the Greater Victoria area early in the afternoon and then Metro Vancouver between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

WATCH: B.C. residents tackled snow on Monday morning as winter weather continues to buffet the region, with at least one resident taking it upon himself to shovel the driveway of an elementary school to provide a safer environment for students.

George Hecimovic drove from North Surrey to White Rock on Monday morning and said the roads are a mess.

“South Surrey is blanketed. I’m right now down 14th just crossing 152, there are people not even on the sidewalks, they are walking on the street. There are five people walking on the street and just two lanes we can barely squeeze by, not safe and a lot of snow out here,” he told CKNW.

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Madryga warned drivers to expect messy commutes on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. “We’re looking at 10 to 15 centimetres of snow with pockets of higher amounts and that will start in Metro Vancouver late this afternoon for the late afternoon commute, and then continuous snow tonight and at least until the middle of the day tomorrow. So the commute tomorrow morning will be particularly messy with snow still falling.”

He says there is one benefit — because of the cold, the snow is fluffier and lighter than the usual heavy, wet snow that falls in Metro Vancouver.

WATCH: A viewer in Maple Ridge sent Global News this video of a cougar taking a snowy stroll through their front yard Monday:

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“It was a slow-moving weather system, obviously very intense yesterday with that storm,” he said on Monday. “We had 33 centimetres reported in the White Rock area, anywhere from 15 to 32 centimetres through Surrey and Langley, Coquitlam just 15 centimetres. Compared to the other areas, that was less. Vancouver Airport had just eight centimetres.”

Snow is expected to fall through Monday evening and into the overnight hours.

It is expected to taper by noon Tuesday.

Madryga said roads will likely be icy on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It is expected to be sunny on Wednesday.

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