Snowstorm set to hit southwest B.C. prompts warning to avoid non-essential travel

A snowstorm is expected to hit B.C.’s South Coast on Tuesday evening and, together with high outflow winds, will create hazardous driving conditions across much of southwest B.C., Environment Canada warns. 

Meteorologist Yimei Li says snow will first hit Vancouver Island before starting to fall in Metro Vancouver around 4 p.m. PT, and will be accompanied Wednesday morning by strong winds with gusts ranging between 40 and 70 km/h. 

Low-lying areas like Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, and Langley can expect 10-15 centimetres of snow overnight, Environment Canada says in a slew of weather warnings, while higher elevation areas like North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Maple Ridge could see up to 20 centimetres. For Richmond and Delta, 5-10

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