After a few weeks of relatively balmy winter weather, B.C.’s South Coast could see a little wet snow on Saturday and stormy weather.
The City of Vancouver closed the Stanley Park seawall from the Lions Gate Bridge to Third Beach amid concerns about a king tide and forecast strong winds.
Global BC senior meteorologist Kristi Gordon said most parts of the region will see rain, but snow is likely in areas above 300 metres in elevation.
For Metro Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, wet snow is possible below 300 metres, she said — though minimal amounts are expected.
Environment Canada issued special weather statements for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, warning up to five centimetres of snow was possible over higher terrain, with two to five centimetres possible below 200 metres of elevation, and little or no accumulation at sea level.
Even so, Gordon warned that there is the potential for slippery and slushy roads, strong winds and a risk of thunderstorms.
In anticipation of cooler weather, the City of Vancouver is opening additional shelter spaces and warming centers Friday night through Monday.