The Arctic air continues to make it extra chilly across the Fraser Valley and the cold weather is likely to hang in there for the rest of the week.
The Arctic air blowing its way from the southern Interior to the coast will be felt across the Fraser Valley from Abbotsford to Hope, as well as points west, according to the special weather statement released Monday (Feb. 8) from Environment Canada.
It’s a transition to colder weather, that has resulted in several alerts over the weekend. There were bursts of hail from Sunday that have persisted in some pockets on the valley floor but little if any snow accumulation except in Hope which saw at least six inches of snow.
“Cold Arctic air currently over the northern B.C. interior will continue to filter southwards,” the statement noted, with temperatures during the day dipping below zero, with overnight wind-chill values of minus -13 or -14.
On Tuesday, temperatures will continue to drop as more Arctic air is forced southwards. Strong outflow winds and brisk wind chill values are then expected to begin over southern coastal areas Tuesday night.
Temperatures over Interior regions are forecast be 10 to 20 degrees below the seasonal average, while coastal areas will be 5 to 10 degrees below seasonal, making for the coldest conditions seen this season.
Arctic outflow and extreme cold warnings are in effect for several regions in the province and may be expanded as the Arctic air progresses.
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