Round two of Metro Vancouver’s wintery weather is just around the corner.
Environment Canada issued a special bulletin at 3 pm today warning of a second storm that will arrive on the South Coast on Sunday and last through Monday.
The storm is expected to arrive in Metro Vancouver starting at about 9 am Sunday before transitioning into rainfall in the early evening. Temperatures will hover between 0°C and -1°C, increasing to a high of 2°C by late tomorrow.
This forecast is based on the federal meteorological agency’s observations for their weather station at Vancouver International Airport.
“As is often the case, areas inland and those in the path of the Fraser Valley outflow winds particularly can expect a transition to rain to take longer. For these areas the transition may not happen until Monday morning,” reads the bulletin.
“Snowfall amounts will vary due to the timing of the transition and additional alerts may be issued once snowfall amounts become more certain.”
This follows today’s record-breaking snowfall for February 13, when there was four cm on the ground by 8 am. The snowfall began at approximately 3 am, and is not expected to end until early evening. Environment Canada expects some areas could see up to 10 cm of snow from the first storm.
Road conditions across the region have been poor throughout the day, and TransLink has been reporting disruptions to its bus services as a result.
On SkyTrain, there was an issue with the Canada Line in Richmond earlier in the day, and services on the Expo and Millennium lines have been reduced due to trains being manually driven.
A stretch of Broadway near Fraser is closed to traffic because of the snow. I can count six buses that are caught in the snow and got stuck on the hill. pic.twitter.com/dN2YCEuzsM
— Darcy Matheson (@darcynews) February 13, 2021
Good afternoon. Due to on going snow in the lower mainland, SkyTrain is trying to have at least one SkyTrain attendant on board the train in case they need to manually drive it to avoid delays. They may of had to take a few trains off in order to be able to do this. ^JC
— TransLink BC | Masks Mandatory (@TransLink) February 13, 2021
However, the snow is not expected to last on the ground for long.
Rainfall is expected throughout the week starting on Monday, with temperatures reaching well above the freezing mark.