Temperatures begin to warm up in Metro Vancouver, but some regions are expected to see a little more snow before it rains.
Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the southeast Vancouver Metro region, which includes Surrey and Langley, around 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
The weather agency predicts that those areas could see about 5 centimeters of snow on Friday night, with another 5 centimeters possible on Saturday morning.
“The output winds will work to lower surface temperatures below the freezing mark this afternoon and until at least tomorrow morning,” says the Environment Canada warning.
“At this point, a transition to rain is forecast later on Saturday morning, but the timing of this issue remains unclear. The total amount of snowfall will depend on when this transition to rain occurs.”
The warning also states that there is a risk of freezing rain in the region.
Earlier on Friday, a special weather statement was issued for Metro Vancouver saying that another Pacific storm is on its way and is expected to bring “a mixture of winter weather.”
The storm is forecast to arrive later Friday night and could cause snow and freezing rain during the night, Environment Canada said. Strong winds are also expected.
For the Howe Sound and Fraser Valley regions, the storm is expected to hit even harder during the night, leading Environment Canada to issue a winter storm alert.
“In addition to heavy snowfall, freezing rain is also a major threat from this storm,” said the Environment Canada statement.
“Above Fraser Valley, Howe Sound and Whistler, near-surface temperatures will probably remain slightly below zero due to the cold winds that leave the interior of BC. This sets the ideal conditions for freezing rain as the air warmer cancels the cold air trapped on the surface. “
However, by noon on Saturday, rain is forecast in most of the Vancouver Metro and Sunshine Coast, when high temperatures could reach 6 C.
On Sunday and towards the beginning of next week, Vancouver is forecast to see a lot of rain and high temperatures averaging 9 C. The minimums are not expected to fall below the freezing point.
With files from Carly Yoshida-Butryn of CTV News Vancouver