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Snow possible in parts of the Lower Mainland

Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm PDT

FILE: Snow in East Vancouver on December 19, 2017. (Ellen Coulter, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Special weather statement in effect for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, parts of Sea to Sky

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says up to 15 centimetres of snow could fall on higher elevations

LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS 1130) – Old Man Winter is about to flex his muscles once again.

A special weather statement from Environment Canada is in effect for much of the South Coast, including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and the Sea to Sky region between West Vancouver and Squamish.

But NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says there’s no need to push the panic button just yet.

“It’ll be a dry start for the day, gradually clouding over. I suspect that through the afternoon, it’ll be five degrees above zero under a cloudier sky — doesn’t sound like a snow situation.”

Under this special weather statement, the snowfall could range anywhere from zero to 15 centimetres.

“Sounds ridiculous, but it might end up being very close to the truth,” says Russ. “As rain spreads in late today, the temperatures falls and the freezing level falls. I think it largely changes over to snow.”

“Coastal areas by the water might end up with no snow at all — it might just be sleet. But over higher terrain, inland, near the North Shore and throughout the Fraser Valley, it could easily be five to 15 centimetres of snow during the night. The temperature drops to about zero.”

He says the snowfall tapers off early tomorrow morning. “The rest of your Wednesday forecast is dry with some sun tomorrow afternoon for a high of seven on Valentine’s Day.”

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