Metro Vancouverites may see snowfall on several days in the coming weeks as temperatures are expected to plunge heading into the start of next month.
After experiencing one of the earliest snowfalls on record, there were several crisp, sunny days in the city this November and even a few decidedly foggy ones.
And while the weather has been wet and slightly warmer so far this week, temperatures are expected to plunge heading into the weekend — and they aren’t expected to warm up anytime soon.
While overnight lows will range between 3 C and 7 C degrees through the remainder of the week, an overnight low of 1 C is expected on Sunday night (Nov. 27), as well as the possibility of periods of rain or snow. Following this, there is another chance of flurries overnight Monday when temperatures dip down to freezing.
The Weather Network notes that Western Canada saw this cold pattern earlier in November when Arctic air spilled into the region.
Now, two upper ridges are expected to “anchor the next cold wave right into early December, promising more snowfall and chilly temperatures across much of the country,” according to a report.
Metro Vancouver weather forecast heading into December
A ridge of high pressure over Alaska is expected to bring a significant chunk of frigid air to Canada from the core of a polar vortex that is currently situated over eastern Siberia in Russia — and it isn’t expected to clear anytime soon.
“Another ridge wants to lock the cold across the country. Signs of a blocking pattern over eastern Greenland are building, compressing the cold anomaly into Canada,” says The Weather Network.
Now that we are further into November, the weather channel notes that storms that brush up along the BC coast also have a higher tendency to drop the snow level to sea level.
How cold will temperatures get in Vancouver?
The Weather Network forecasts Vancouver temperatures to fall to a daytime high of 3 C, marking a significant departure from highs closer to 10 C this week.
A couple of chances for snowfall are expected on Sunday and Monday nights.