Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley for Thursday and Friday:

“…beginning late Thursday a fresh infusion of arctic air will descend through the province. Increasing moisture ahead of this arctic blast will give snow to most of the South Coast beginning Thursday night. Snow will continue through Friday. Most areas will receive at least a few centimetres of accumulation by late Friday. However, there is potential for much higher accumulations over some regions. The most recent weather models suggest the areas favoured for higher accumulations will be East and Inland Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria and the Fraser Valley.

Snow will start to ease Friday night as bitterly cold outflow winds start to pour out of the mainland inlets and valleys. The arctic outflow will be strongest over Howe Sound-Whistler, the Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria and the southern Gulf Islands. These areas will experience bitterly cold windchill temperatures and reduced visibilities in blowing snow.”