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Snow on the way for parts of B.C.


Mixed precipitation in the forecast for Thursday
Mixed precipitation in the forecast for Thursday

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

November 18, 2010 — Temperatures are cooling across British Columbia, and that means the potential for heavy snow in the Interior and flurries on the coast.

Snow has been falling in Prince George this week
Snow has been falling in Prince George this week

It's beginning to look a little more like winter in parts of British Columbia.

“A stationary low is hovering off the Vancouver Island coastline,” says Patrick Cool, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. And that means the potential for snow flurries throughout the Lower Fraser Valley on Thursday night.

“Its impact will be more greatly felt Friday night into Saturday with accumulating snow possible in Vancouver.” Cool adds that downtown Vancouver could see up to 5 cm of snow, which is very abnormal for this time of year.

“It's thanks to a cold, easterly flow out of the valley and Pacific moisture from the south.”

Temperatures along the south coast will be dipping into the low single digits, as well. Gusty winds are forecast along the north and central coast.

B.C. Hydro crews have been busy over the last couple of days, restoring power to customers after Monday night's wind storm.

Gusts close to 80 km/h were recorded throughout Vancouver Island. That resulted in snapped trees and downed power-lines. At the height of the storm, more than 20,000 people had no electricity.

Flurries are possible in parts of the lower mainland
Flurries are possible in parts of the lower mainland

More windy weather whipped into the province on Wednesday helping to cancel at least two ferry crossings during the morning hours. Flights out of Prince George, Castlegar and Quesnel were also cancelled. Several residents remain in the dark as well as the gusty conditions on Wednesday helped to cut power to thousands of customers.

Meanwhile, snow has been blanketing highways in the Interior, including the Coquihalla. Blowing snow has made for slippery roadways and dangerous driving conditions.

The early blast of snow in the mountains, thanks in part to La Nina, has been great news for skiers and snowboarders eager to carve up the slopes. Whistler Mountain is set to open this Friday, six days ahead of schedule. Sun Peaks resort in Kamloops is expected to open on Saturday.

The ski hills at Vancouver's Grouse Mountain haven't opened to the public yet, but the skate pond has. William Mbaho says skaters can come to the pond every day of the week.

“People can come here and rent their skates or bring a pair of skates,” says Mbaho. “It's also a great precursor to winter here at Grouse Mountain. We know the ski season is not far behind!”

For more on current conditions on the slopes in your area, be sure to check out our ski report.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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