Update: 4:00 p.m. - The Special Weather Statement has ended.
Note from the SLRD: The Special Weather Statement below was issued by Environment Canada and impacts SLRD Electoral Area D and the District of Squamish.
- Potential for significant snowfall beginning Thursday morning.
- Risk of freezing rain beginning Thursday afternoon and evening.
An Arctic front continues to plod its way down through southwestern B.C. leaving a colder airmass in its wake. The front moved past Whistler earlier this evening and will approach Squamish early Thursday. The Arctic front will also push out of the Fraser Valley tonight and end up near Chilliwack Thursday morning. The Arctic front will probably remain near Squamish and Chilliwack through Friday morning.
At the same time, an approaching Pacific front is taking a slightly more southerly track according to the latest computer model forecasts. This will lead to enhanced easterly flow of cool air from Howe Sound and the Fraser Valley hitting the east side of Vancouver Island. The stronger easterly flow will increase precipitation rates, causing rain to turn to snow Thursday over higher terrain from Victoria all the way up to Campbell River, and over inland communities of Vancouver Island, like Port Alberni and Lake Cowichan.
Snowfall amounts up to 10 cm are possible over higher terrain of Greater Victoria, East Vancouver Island, Southern Gulf Islands and Inland Vancouver Island. There is also risk of freezing rain beginning Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening.
With the more southern track of the Pacific system, snow amounts over Whistler will be lower than previously forecasted. Whistler may get 5 cm today and tonight. Squamish will see about 10 cm. There is a risk of freezing rain by Friday morning near Squamish.
Stay tuned to forecasts as Warnings may be issued once the situation becomes clearer.
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