A significant winter storm bringing a mix of wintery conditions is expected this weekend. Metro Vancouver area could potentially see 2 to 10 cm beginning Saturday, with higher amounts near Hope.

Snow is expected to begin Saturday afternoon or evening. Overnight, temperatures will begin to rise as warm air advances from the Pacific.

On Sunday morning, the snow will change to rain for Metro Vancouver. Western sections of the Fraser Valley will gradually see a transition to rain Sunday, while eastern sections closer to Hope will continue to see significant snowfall through Sunday.

Additionally, there is a risk of freezing rain as warm air overrides the cold air lurking near the surface overnight Saturday into Sunday. Strong winds of 40 km/h gusting to 70 km/h will also develop early Sunday, possibly gusting up to 90 km/h near the Strait of Georgia.

Road conditions may quickly deteriorate as snow transitions to rain. Freezing rain may also make surfaces icy and slippery. Snowmelt from the anticipated warming and additional rainfall may cause water pooling on roads and local flooding.

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