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Biting cold, wind and snow hitting many parts of B.C. this week

Click to play video: 'B.C. evening weather forecast: Feb. 21'
B.C. evening weather forecast: Feb. 21
WATCH: Arctic air is moving into the province and so is the potential for snow. Meteorologist Yvonne Schalle has your Tues., Feb. 21, 2023, forecast for Metro Vancouver and British Columbia – Feb 21, 2023

It is going to get cold in B.C. this week.

Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga said colder air is racing southwards down the province with a gusty “north-to-northwest wind in most places, generating a biting wind chill.

“Some snow is also falling, which will be blowing and drifting especially on the highways (Tuesday) through Wednesday,” he added.

Affected routes include the Coquihalla Highway (winter storm warning), Highway 3 (winter storm warning and snowfall warning) and the Trans-Canada Highway (winter storm warning).

For the Coquihalla Highway, a winter storm warning is in effect between Hope and Merritt.

Click to play video: 'B.C. evening weather forecast: Feb. 20'
B.C. evening weather forecast: Feb. 20
A look at the wind chill temperatures on Wednesday morning.
A look at the wind chill temperatures on Wednesday morning. Global SkyTracker

Wind chill values of -30 C or colder will be common in the central and northern parts of the province for the next couple of mornings, Madryga said.

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On the South Coast, Arctic air is scheduled to sweep out from the Interior Tuesday evening, with chilly, gusty outflow winds and some snow showers accompanying the Arctic front Tuesday.

“Further flurries are destined to fall on Wednesday on the South Coast, with accumulations of snow likely, especially on south and east Vancouver Island,” Madryga added.

The weather will be dry and very cold for this time of year into Saturday.

A look at the temperatures on Thursday.
A look at the temperatures on Thursday. Global SkyTracker
A look at the temperatures on Thursday.
A look at the temperatures on Thursday. Global SkyTracker

Madryga said South Coast residents can then expect a more widespread snowfall Saturday afternoon and evening.

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— with files from Doyle Potenteau

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