Environment Canada has added snowfall to its list of weather warnings for parts of British Columbia as biting cold temperatures continue in large parts of the province.
Five centimeters of snow have been forecast for the central coast and 10 cm for the inner parts of the central coast, including Bella Coola and Hagensborg.
On Vancouver Island, Southern Gulf Islands, in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and along the Sunshine Coast, between five and 10 cm are expected.
Western Canada remains under extreme cold warnings as some areas hit -50 C
The snow is expected to subside Thursday as a storm system moves across the south coast.
Heavier amounts – between 10 and 15 cm – can fall in the central interior, including the areas of Cariboo, 100 Mile House, Munich Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park, Prince George, Teslin, Stuart-Nechako and Watson Lake.
It is also expected to decline between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, extreme cold warnings remain in large parts of the province.
Environment Canada warns that wind chill values of -35 or lower are possible Wednesday and Friday in the Fraser Canyon, Similkameen, Nicola, Shuswap, South Thompson, North Thompson, East Columbia, North Columbia, Elk Valley and Kinbasket regions.
It may drop to below -40 Wednesday and Friday mornings in the Cariboo, Chilcotin, Prince George, Stuart-Nechako, Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston, Peace River and Bulkley Valley regions plus the Lakes District.
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East Kootenay and Elk Valley can expect -35, with light to moderate winds on Wednesday. These values will also persist in Yoho-Kootenay Park from now until Friday.
“Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind cooling,” warns the federal department.
“Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle aches and weakness, numbness and discoloration in fingers and toes.”
Arctic outflow warnings remain in place for inland parts of the central coast, which can expect wind chill values between -20 and -30 between now and the end of December.
In Metro Vancouver, plus Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Whistler and the mainland inlet on the Sunshine Coast, wind cooling will be close to or below -20, but will decrease on Wednesday as the wind decreases.
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On Tuesday, the cold temperatures had some residents of Metro Vancouver out skating on local lakes and ponds, but the Vancouver Parks Board has warned recreationalists against it.
It may look safe, tweeted it, but the look can be deceiving.
The cold conditions have recently prompted the Fraser Health Authority to reduce services at a number of its vaccine and immunization clinics.
On Wednesday, tests remain available until 6 p.m. 16 at Langley, Coquitlam, Surrey 66 and Burnaby COVID-19 test and immunization centers.
However, immunizations have been suspended at Langley, Coquitlam, Surrey 66 and Burnaby COVID-19 test and immunization centers.
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