Snow showers in Vancouver

Winter condition

Temperatures in Vancouver Canada over the winter months of December, January and February are relatively mild (at least, by Canadian standards). And while there’s a good chance you’ll encounter rain, snow is a rare sighting in the city. Temperatures hover between 5˚C – 10˚C (40˚F – 50˚F) during the day, dipping a further 5˚C (10˚F) overnight. If you’re heading up to Vancouver’s local mountains, expect snowy conditions and the temperature to be colder than downtown.

And Snow showers in Vancouver is one of the bad condition in Winter. It is a short period of light-to-moderate snowfall, also characterized by a sudden beginning and ending. There is some accumulation with snow showers. And they fall from convective or cumuli-form clouds.

Environment Canada issued new snowfall warnings for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Thursday. Saying “bands of heavy snow” will move through the region five to 10 centimetres of snow falling.  Most public schools around the region were open, though a number of independent schools cancelled classes.

Now that the major Snow showers in Vancouver and windstorm have blown through. Now the new potential problems are concern.  The worst of a snowstorm that battered the Lower Mainland has passed. However the region isn’t out of the woods yet. Side streets in most Lower Mainland municipalities remained snow-covered and messy. Main routes were mostly clear. However, the commute could still be challenging for the drivers, particularly south of the Fraser and in the Fraser Valley.

The concern in many areas now shifts to flooding, with warmer temperatures expected to begin melting snow.


Snow falls in the higher-lying areas of Greater Vancouver, such as Burnaby Mountain, Coquitlam, and North and West Vancouver, every winter. It is also common in places close to or at sea level, however in lesser amounts. There is a general misconception among visitors and residents of other parts of Canada, but Vancouver does not receive any snow at all.  However, in fact there has never been a year in which traceable snow has not been observed at Vancouver International Airport.

Environment Canada has ranked Vancouver in 3rd place under the category of “Lowest Snowfall” among 100 major Canadian cities. It is as the annual average of days with snowfall above 0.2 cm is only at 8.7 days. Vancouver’s coastal climate has nonetheless allowed it to be ranked in 59th place under the category of “Most huge snowfall days (25 cm or more)”. That places it above cities like Calgary and Toronto as Vancouver averages 0.13 days annually, and snowfall accumulations above 25 cm (within a calendar day).

Snow in Vancouver tends to be quite wet. It combined with typical winter temperatures rising above and falling below 0 °C (32 °F) throughout the course of the day. That can make for icy road conditions.