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The Weather “F” Word – Freezing Rain – And That Snow Thing…

Fraser Valley – The other “F” word- Freezing Rain, and we have the potential this week. A frontal system is heading our way with a punch of anywhere from 10 to 15 cms of snow.

Freezing Rain Icon Courtesy Environment Canada

But here’s the catch, depending on surface air temperatures and slightly warming air higher up– we could have freezing rain mixed with the snow.

The latest from Environment Canada:

4:16 AM PST Wednesday 27 December 2017
Winter storm warning in effect for:

  • Fraser Valley – central including Chilliwack
  • Fraser Valley – east including Hope
  • Fraser Valley – west including Abbotsford

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

A frontal system advancing towards the region will result in snow redeveloping this morning with up to 5 cm of snow today.

A strong system will move towards Vancouver Island tonight and the snowfall will intensify. Warmer air aloft will spread across the region while brisk northeast winds maintain the cool air near the surface. Amounts of snow in the range of 10 to 20 cm are possible before the snow transitions to an extended period of freezing rain on Thursday. A significant layer of ice is possible through Friday especially over Central and Eastern Fraser Valley.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays.

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