Risk of freezing rain

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement that extends from Vancouver Island right into the Fraser Valley.

At this point, it is not expected to impact the Okanagan but residents on the coast, including Metro Vancouver, are being warned about the risk of wet snow and freezing rain tonight and early Saturday.

The ridge of high pressure that gave the south coast a cool, sunny stretch of weather this week is starting to retreat. It's now being replaced by a weak Pacific weather system will reach the south coast tonight. In advance of this system, cloud cover and winds will increase this afternoon and keep surface temperatures above zero degrees tonight. With a layer of relatively warmer air above the surface, a scenario of rain mixed with some wet snow is the likely outcome for most of Metro Vancouver. Little to no snowfall accumulation is forecast.

Over inland sections of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that are sheltered from outflow winds, temperatures could drop below zero tonight resulting in pockets of freezing rain.

If you are travelling to the coast you are advised to check road conditions on DriveBC and Highway cameras on Castanet.

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