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Snow statement: Environment Canada issues alert about incoming winter weather

Tomorrow morning's commute could be brutal
A special weather statement has been issued for Metro Vancouver by Environment Canada.

Environment Canada has issued an alert for Metro Vancouver as low-elevation snowfall could arrive early this week.

There's "potential for light snow and patchy freezing drizzle during [the] Tuesday morning commute," warns the federal agency on Monday, Dec. 5.

The special weather statement, which includes southern Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley, cautions people to prepare for up to 4 cm of snow and slippery conditions. Only trace amounts of snow may fall in other places. Freezing drizzle is also expected, adding to the slipperiness.

The system is expected to hit Vancouver Island first, before moving to the Lower Mainland.

Luckily, the poor weather conditions aren't expected to stay long.

"Temperatures are forecast to rise Tuesday afternoon resulting in periods of light snow changing to periods of light rain," states Environment Canada.

Currently, the forecast for the week is filled with grey skies and lots of precipitation, mostly as rain and showers. As the weekend approaches, the chance of flurries and at or below-zero temps return to the forecast overnight.