Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the B.C. coast and interior, including Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (Environment Canada – Twitter)

WEATHER: Special statement issued for Fraser Valley as storm approaches

A strong Pacific storm will impact regions on Thursday afternoon and Friday

A special weather statement has been issued for Metro Vancouver by Environment Canada, including the Fraser Valley.

A strong Pacific storm is on the way Thursday afternoon and Friday for the B.C. coast, the weather agency reports.

READ MORE: Year in Review: Aldergrove preps for building boom downtown

The storm will approach the coast Thursday.

Precipitation is expected to spread onto Vancouver Island late this morning and onto the south coast early this afternoon. Strong southeasterly winds will also develop Thursday afternoon.

Temperatures will initially be cold enough to allow for some of the precipitation to start as wet snow over higher elevations of Vancouver Island and the south coast.

By Thursday evening warm air along with the storm will drive freezing levels and temperatures higher so that precipitation changes to rain for most communities.

Snow could persist longer in Whistler and the Sea to Sky Highway, Environment Canada stated.

The heavy rain and strong winds are expected to continue all day Friday. The highest rainfall amount will be over the central coast, but Squamish, northern sections of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will also see significant amounts of rainfall.

In areas where snow does accumulate, a higher chance of localized flooding is possible.

READ MORE: Year in Review: Carson Crimeni’s tragic death and community’s response most impactful story of 2019


@JotiGrewal_
joti.grewal@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Snowfall warning re-issued for parts of the Lower Mainland

5-10 cm of snow, wind chills to hit -20 C or lower

Mission’s priority roads in good shape, but side streets still challenging

District crews turning attention to smaller roads on Thursday

‘No weather alerts for Abbotsford!’ is something we wrote just before an alert was issued

Winter storm warning lifted as threat of major snowfall or freezing rain recedes

FVRD seeking outdoor rec feedback

Open house meetings slated for next week

Abbotsford woman’s dash cam shows streets free of snow

Apart from a family of deer, footage records clear roads

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

Special prosecutor to review Cranbrook toddler drowning case

Evidence disclosure at issue in the case of a woman sentenced for criminal negligence causing death

UPDATE: Supreme Court dismisses B.C.’s appeal in Trans Mountain pipeline case

Judges decide whether B.C.’s power to protect environment can include impeding a federal project

10 B.C. cities break temperature records in winter storm

Quesnel dipped to -41.9 C, breaking a record from 1916

Vancouver Island child struck, pinned under SUV while sledding

Boy suffers serious injuries, no charges laid in incident

VIDEO: Lower Mainland principal makes ‘Moana’-themed snow day music video

Kendra Simonetto parodied “How Far I’ll Go” to share weather updates with her students

Unprepared for chemistry test, B.C. student begs superintendent to call another snow day

The student from West Vancouver promised he would study more, but was distracted by skiing and hot chocolate

Over 16,000 people nabbed by RCMP between border crossings in 2019

In 2019, 63,830 claims were filed, up from 55,040 in 2018

Most Read