ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – There’s still a chance of showers or flurries around much of the Lower Mainland today, but it’s nothing compared to the winter weather the region was hit with on Wednesday.
“That wicked wind last night scoured away some of the arctic air,” NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says. “Coastal temperatures have climbed above zero, even along parts of the North Shore, down by Tsawwassen as well.”
#OneMinuteWeather for Thursday January 16 2020: How wicked was the #wind last night? Is there more #snow on the way? When will this #cold snap end? Live updates all morning on @NEWS1130 & @BT_Vancouver pic.twitter.com/WI7YxEdgVs
— Russ Lacate (@NEWS1130Weather) January 16, 2020
But, a short drive inland brings with it a much different story.
Russ says places like Surrey, Delta, Cloverdale, Langley, Maple Ridge, and much of the Fraser Valley are seeing sub-zero temperatures.
“Windchills are still 20 below today,” he adds.
This all makes way for more pleasant conditions, if you can call them that, for the end of the week and into the weekend. Russ is calling for a few more flurries on Friday, which then turn to mostly rain that night and into Saturday morning.
There are a number of school closures already announced for the day due to conditions. Check our full list through the morning for the latest.
On the roads, conditions are slick and slushy around many parts of the Lower Mainland. Drivers are once again being reminded to slow down, ensure they drive for conditions, have appropriate tires on their vehicles, and leave plenty of space around their vehicles and others while driving.
TransLink is also warning transit could take longer than usual, after the system saw a chaotic Wednesday plagued by delays, snow and ice-related issues on SkyTrain and roads, and buses unable to make it through the snow in much of Metro Vancouver.