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Snowfall begins for Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast

Click to play video: 'Flurries and snow accumulation expected in higher elevations on B.C.’s South Coast' Flurries and snow accumulation expected in higher elevations on B.C.’s South Coast
Chief meteorologist Mark Madryga has details of the snow expected to fall during Metro Vancouver's afternoon commute on Wednesday, Feb. 2. – Feb 2, 2022

Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for Metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Valley, the Malahat Highway and eastern Vancouver Island on Wednesday, with a light dusting of snow in the forecast.

Up to six centimetres of the white stuff is expected to fall in those regions, although western sections of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley could see up to 10 cm.

Read more: B.C. weather: 2-10 cm of snow projected for South Coast

A Pacific frontal system is moving over the South Coast and the afternoon commute will likely be impacted by the conditions, according to Global News meteorologist Kristi Gordon.

The snow is not likely to stick around in Metro Vancouver, she added, where rain is expected overnight Wednesday and on Thursday.

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Snowfall will likely continue, however, in the central and eastern Fraser Valley, where a snowfall warning has also been issued.

Snowfall warnings were also in effect in other parts of B.C., including the Bulkley Valley and the Lakes District, Cariboo region, inland sections of the Central and North Coasts and Dease Lake.

McGregor, the Okanagan Valley, Prince George, and Stuart-Nechako are also impacted.

Between five and 15 cm of snow is forecast for those regions and on Twitter, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation urged motorists to use caution on the roads.

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