Loading articles...

Snowfall warning in parts of Metro Vancouver

Last Updated Nov 9, 2020 at 7:29 pm PST

A man runs along the Vancouver Seawall next to a cyclist on Jan. 15, 2020. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 photo)
Summary

A snowfall warning has been issued for parts of Metro Vancouver

Environment Canada has issued a warning for the higher elevations of the North Shore and the Tri-Cities

Accumulations could range from one to three centimetres with another one to five centimetres overnight

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — After some weekend sunshine, snow is on the way for parts of Metro Vancouver Monday.

Environment Canada has issued a warning for the higher elevations of the North Shore and the Tri-Cities.

By Monday evening, snowfall was reported in areas like Chilliwack and Coquitlam.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says mixed rain and snow are expected to develop around mid-day.

RELATED: Winter forecast: What La Niña means for the Lower Mainland

Lacate says the amount of snow varies depending on the area.

“Then for the second half of the day, the freezing level begins to slump at days-end in the evening. We’re going to start seeing some snowfall accumulations in even parts of the city here during the evening time-frame, overnight on the order of maybe two to eight centimetres for the harder-hit areas, zero accumulation for areas near the water and over the low-lands,” he says.

Accumulations could range from one to three centimetres with another one to five centimetres overnight.

Watch Monday’s forecast

Watch out for messy commute 

With snow expected sometime in the afternoon, it could be a messy commute for some.

Brad Lofgren, director of public works for the City of Coquitlam, says preparations started over the weekend.

“We actually have six trucks outfitted with plows and sanders and we’re out today pre-sanding all of our higher elevation routes,” he says.

Lofgren urges people to still be prepared, “making sure that your snow tires are on and drive for conditions. Please slow down and leave yourself more time to arrive to your destinations.”

Crews are also out in the District of North Vancouver until Tuesday morning.

“We always want to advise residents to exercise caution whenever there are steep hills throughout the district,” says spokesperson Courtenay Rannard, adding an early start to snow had been anticipated.

“We’ve been preparing for the last month or so,” she says. “We feel confident in our approach.”

ICBC tweeted a reminder that slippery roads will mean longer stopping times.

“Maintain a safe following distance of at least four seconds between you and other vehicles,” reads the tweet.

Tune in for traffic and weather every 10 minutes on the ones.