Metro Vancouverites heading home on their evening commute may face some slippery conditions and snowfall — but roads won't be as bad as they were earlier this week.
Environment Canada updated its special weather statement for the region early Friday (Dec. 2) morning, calling for snowfall accumulations of 2 to 5 cm in places at sea level across the Lower Mainland.
A low-pressure system has brought another round of snow to Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, but the "event will have significantly less snow than Tuesday's event," according to the national weather forecaster.
Very light snow began falling in the City of Vancouver around 10 a.m. but it is expected to become heavier as the day progresses. Given the precipitation rate, the strength of the outflow winds, and "the humidity of the near-surface atmospheric layer," however, the overall snowfall accumulations will generally be light.
With temperatures near freezing, there may be slippery conditions on some roads, particularly untreated ones. There is also a risk of freezing rain.
On Thursday afternoon, the Ministry of Transportation warned drivers that there could be poor conditions on the roads. While it treated provincial roads with brine and says it "will be ready to manage any accumulations of snow," commuters should plan ahead and stay off roads if conditions worsen, particularly if their vehicles do not have snow tires.
Heading into next week, Environment Canada expects a "gradual warming of temperatures" but they will still fall below the seasonal averages.
So far, the weekly forecast doesn't include another precipitation event until Tuesday night, when it calls for a 60 per cent chance of flurries.
Metro Vancouver weather forecast
Drivers should always prepare for the worst when heading out during inclement conditions or if they need to drive through mountain passes. They should have an emergency kit along with nonperishable food items, extra clothing, blankets, and a shovel.
Find out everything you need to know about the complete B.C. winter forecast from Environment Canada and The Weather Network to plan your stargazing outings for the season.