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Already-cold temperatures dip further on Lower Mainland

Last Updated Feb 10, 2021 at 9:48 am PDT

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Summary

Meteorologist Michael Kuss says the wind chill could dip to -25 on some parts of the Lower Mainland

Temperatures are expected to drop further Wednesday night

TransLink says it's keeping an eye on conditions, asks riders to budget extra time to get to destinations

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – You may want to throw a few extra blankets on the bed Wednesday night. Meteorologist Michael Kuss says temperatures are going to plummet.

“Arctic air continues to dominate B.C. and now it’s working all the way back to the South Coast,” he explains. “An arctic outflow warning is in place for this evening and overnight especially, when wind chills could hit -15 to as cold as -25 across the Lower Mainland.”

He notes the colder readings are expected in the Fraser Valley, where brisk winds are in the forecast.

“But even minus teens will be the feels right by the coast,” Michael adds.

Business as usual for transit

During the cold snap, taking transit could be trouble if your bus is late. But Gabrielle Price with TransLink says so far, the system has been running on time.

“Right now, our system is running completely at normal capacity. We’ve yet to have any impacts due to the cold weather,” she said, adding they are keeping an eye on the forecast.

“TransLink is preparing for the cold temperatures this week and the possibility of snow. We always plan ahead for those instances. We’ll continue to monitor those conditions and we may adjust service levels, if need be,” Price said.

You are advised to check the Google trip planner, give yourself a little extra time to get to your destination, and dress warmly in case you end up waiting in the cold.

Some record lows already set this week

A number of places across B.C. set record lows on Tuesday, with Princeton, for example, seeing -27.8 degrees.

Other areas are seeing temperatures dip to the -30.

“Even West Vancouver bottomed out at -3.6. I know comparatively that’s not that cold but it does tie the existing record low,” Michael says.

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-With files from Paul James