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Special weather statement issued for Lower Mainland

Last Updated Dec 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm PST

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METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A special weather statement has been issued for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Environment Canada is forecasting rain possibly mixed with wet snow early Saturday morning, and a light risk of localized freezing rain.

“A ridge of high pressure has led to a stretch of cold but sunny conditions around the south coast this week,” the statement reads. “While a layer of relatively warmer air has resided aloft, clear skies at night have consistently allowed surface temperatures to drop below the freezing mark.”

Environment Canada says a weak weather system is expected to reach the south coast Friday night. “In advance of this system, cloud cover and winds will increase late in the day and likely hinder surface temperatures from dropping below zero Friday night. With the layer of relatively warmer air above the surface, a scenario of rain mixed with some wet snow is favoured.”

There is a “slight chance” of freezing rain across the Lower Mainland. Pockets of freezing rain are expected in areas further up the Fraser Valley overnight Friday and into Saturday morning.

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