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Snow is forecast but will it stick around? Meteorologist Russ Lacate looks ahead

Last Updated Dec 2, 2019 at 6:11 am PST

Grouse Mountain's ski hill in North Vancouver is seen from the air, covered in snow, in the winter of 2019. (Source: Riley Phillips/NEWS 1130)

Meteorologist Russ Lacate predicts somewhere between one and four centimetres Sunday night in parts of Metro Vancouver

Longer term, we'll see a rainy stretch that could last up to two weeks

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — December is here and parts of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley saw their first dumps of snow Sunday.

Forecasts have been varied, with some predicting between five and 10 centimetres in parts of the Valley, particularly around Hope.

However, NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says his models suggest the snow isn’t likely to be nearly as heavy in other parts of Greater Vancouver.

“The transition from the cold, dry, sunny pattern to this unsettled one happened a little earlier than we anticipated. The Valley areas will likely get a bit of light snow overnight tapering off Monday morning or transitioning to rain.”

He predicts somewhere between one and four centimetres Sunday night in Metro Vancouver.

Overall, this weather is normal for this time of year.

“The all-time record lows for the end of November and early December we’ve got numbers down to -15 in Metro Vancouver. The recent cold snap pushed us down to about -6. So we’re nowhere near breaking records.”

Longer term, we’re in for some typical West Coast weather.

“It all changes to rain — that’s for the rest of Monday and the rest of next week. Maybe for the next 10 days to two weeks — it’s all wet.”