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Weather alerts issued for the Lower Mainland

Last Updated Feb 1, 2019 at 1:02 pm PDT

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NORTH SHORE (NEWS 1130) – Environment Canada has issued multiple weather warnings and special weather statements across the Lower Mainland.

A transition to much colder conditions is set to begin Saturday night over the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver, with cold arctic air pushing towards the interior.

Environment Canada says temperatures will be five to 10 degrees below seasonal averages, making it for the coldest conditions seen this season.

Meanwhile, a rainfall warning has been issued for West and North Vancouver, with up to 50 millimetres of rain expected. While the rain is expected to ease by the early evening, there’s a possibility of flooding in low-lying areas.

Heavier rain is expected to ease by early evening on Friday.

In places in the central interior, there’s a Winter Storm Warning in place as a slow-moving weather system dumps up to 40cm of snow.

There are also blizzard warnings on some stretches of Highway 97 up north. Meanwhile, the Coquihalla and Sea to Sky are both free of any advisories.