Vancouver got a snowy surprise over the weekend, and it looks like the area will continue to feel the chill. Residents are encouraged to dress warmly for the next few days as temperatures plummet in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Temperatures are set to dip to -12°C Monday night, but will feel more like -15°C to -20°C with the windchill. The Weather Network's meteorologist Dayna Vettese explains the cause for the wintry conditions.
“There's an Arctic high pressure system in the north of B.C. and we have a large dip in the jet stream and that is pushing in cold temperatures into southern B.C., which normally doesn't get so cold.”
The coldest Vancouver has ever dropped to is -14.3°C in 1985 when it stayed in the freezing zone for 13 straight days. The freezing temperatures this time around however, aren't expected to last as long.
“Later in the week the pattern will break and temperatures should be closer to seasonal,” says Vettese. Although there won't be any snow accumulations in Vancouver, light flurries are expected along the coastline.
The city of Victoria on the other hand was dealing with blizzard-like conditions on Monday. Heavy snow and strong winds forced the cancellation of some bus services and closed several schools as well. Numerous traffic accidents were also reported throughout the day.
While it's looking and feeling like winter in parts of BC, it's even colder across the Prairies. Daytime highs are sitting in the minus 20's, feeling even colder with the windchill.
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With files from Andrea Stockton