Snow likely over higher terrain in Metro Vancouver on Tuesday

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The weekend rain storm may be over, but an even nastier weather system is now bearing down on the South Coast.

The sudden blast of winter is being brought in by a moist Pacific frontal system pushing in from the ocean toward the Coquihalla Highway, combined with a deepening low pressure system heading north from Washington State.

"The winter storm watch may be upgraded to a warning once greater certainty is achieved regarding snowfall amounts and specific locations impacted", the watch reads.

With the strong easterly low level winds, East Vancouver Island and Victoria will likely be the snowiest regions across the South Coast on Tuesday.

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More of the white stuff is forecast to come down Tuesday, with five to 10 centimetres at higher elevations. Over the mainland South Coast there will be lesser snow amounts with about 5 cm of accumulation over higher urbanized communities.

The snow is expected to taper off after midnight Wednesday.

According to Environment Canada, periods of rain mixed with snow is expected Tuesday afternoon, just in time for the evening commute. "Colder after Thursday for the rest of the week", notes Environment Canada's alert.

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