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More snow and arctic winds bringing a bitterly cold few days for much of southern B.C.

Snowfall of 10 to 15 centimetres expected Monday night for Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley
A woman braves the snowy weather in Chilliwack on Feb. 4, 2017. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Another round of snow starting this evening and a bitterly cold day for the south coast is forecast for Monday.

Snowfall of between 10 to 15 centimetres is expected tonight for parts of the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and the Coquihalla to the Okanagan, according to Environment Canada.

The culprit is a low pressure system settling in Washington State as of tonight.

“The associated front will brush through the very southern part of British Columbia giving another round of snow starting late this evening,” according to the weather warning Dec. 19.

Snow will taper off late Tuesday morning on Vancouver Island and Tuesday afternoon on the mainland.

“Be prepared for unusually cold temperatures and strong winds,” along with snowy conditions.

If the snow wasn’t enough, strong outflow winds and wind chill values are coming along for the ride with the threat of bitterly cold temperatures minus 20 to minus 25, and strong winds, through the Fraser Valley between Monday and Thursday.

The arctic front has ushered in a cold airmass for much of the south coast.

“Strong outflow winds are bringing temperatures 5 to 10 degrees below seasonal normals.

“Wind chill values will approach near minus 20 over the majority of the Fraser Valley except near minus 25 over Fraser Valley east including Hope.

As always the recommendation is to adjust driving with changing road conditions.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”

Snowfall of similar severity is forecast for Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt, Highway 3 - Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass into Tuesday for Fraser Canyon - south including Lytton, Similkameen, South Okanagan - including Penticton, Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt, and possibly 20 centimetres for Highway 3 - Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass

There may be a slight reprieve of low wind chill values as a Pacific system approaches on Tuesday bringing more snow. However cold temperatures will return Tuesday night before rebounding on Friday.

Ensure that shelter is provided for pets and outdoor animals.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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