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Cold snap continues to affect Metro Vancouver

Cold weather warning remains in effect for several areas across Metro Vancouver, with warming temperatures expected by Wednesday.

Arctic outflow warning in effect for:

  • Metro Vancouver - central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver - North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Metro Vancouver - northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • Metro Vancouver - southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Metro Vancouver - southwest including Richmond and Delta

"Arctic outflow winds and low temperatures will combine to produce wind chill values near or below minus 20," according to Environment Canada.

According to Environment Canada, "Frostbite and hypothermia can occur within minutes if adequate precautions are not taken when outdoors. Any outdoor activity exposes you to an increased risk of frostbite. Minimize exposed skin with hats, scarves and mittens or gloves. Anyone who is not dressed warmly is at risk of frostbite and hypothermia in cold weather. Be prepared for unusually cold temperatures and strong winds. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight."

Locals should also prepare for Skytrain and bus service delays, as the region's transit operators grapple with the unusual cold and snowy conditions.

Warming centres will remain open throughout the region due to the extreme weather.

The equipment at the city's disposal includes: 45 plow/salter trucks, four brine units, and two Kubotas, according to the city's website.

The City of Vancouver would also like to remind residents that all Vancouver property owners & tenants are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks in front of and alongside their property by 10 am the morning following a snowfall/freezing temperatures.