Snow already? Alerts issued for early season flurries in Metro Vancouver

If you’re heading out on a highway in B.C. this weekend, or just hanging around your neighbourhood, you may be faced with snowy driving conditions.

Environment and Climate Change Canada posted several weather alerts early Thursday, saying there is an early season snowfall expected in some areas, including Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Precipitation combined with an Arctic air mass that is expected to land on the B.C. coast Friday morning will bring a risk of wet snow to neighbourhoods and roadways above 300 metres.

The snow could lead to treacherous conditions on the Sea to Sky and Coquihalla highways.

The weather agency says the Arctic air will advance southward through the B.C. Interior. By Friday afternoon, the frigid air is expected to reach Kamloops and the east side of the Rockies.

Widespread snow is expected from the Chilcotin and 100 Mile House area to the Fraser Canyon and eastward to the Kootenays and parts of the Columbias, according to the special weather statement.

Snow may become mixed with rain over southern and eastern sections of the province. The agency is forecasting snowfall amounts of about five to 15 centimetres.

Temperatures of 10-degrees below seasonal normals are expected through the weekend.

The agency warns that weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

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