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Snow storm blankets Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island

02/24/2014 01:02 EST | Updated 04/26/2014 05:59 EDT
Snow continues to fall across much of the South Coast Monday, and the accumulated amounts vary greatly depending on location and elevation.

While some sea-level areas have seen almost no snow stick over the weekend, parts of Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley have accumulated up to 30 centimetres.

Heavy snow overnight across parts of Vancouver Island forced a number of school closures.

Snowfall warnings are still in place for East Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands, Greater Victoria, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

At 8:30 a.m. PT Monday, Environment Canada said anywhere from five to 10 more centimetres is forecast for the mainland, while eastern Vancouver Island is likely to see between 10 and 15 more centimetres of snow.

The continuing snow dump is the result of two weather systems, the first of which slid in from Haida Gwaii Saturday morning and then hung around until Sunday.

The second system, which moved in late Sunday night, coupled with cold easterly winds blowing across the Fraser Valley to make even more snow today.

The CBC's Johanna Wagstaffe says the paired South Coast snow storms are a very unique situation that none of the weather models saw coming Friday.

"This was a wild pair of storms to forecast," she said. "I think this is one meteorologists will be talking about for some time."

The snow days will come to an end soon, however, as mild Pacific air is expected to turn the snowfall to rainfall in most areas starting late Monday afternoon.

Gallery: Snow days descend on South Coast

Unofficial snowfall totals, in centimetres, for Sunday, February 23, at 4 p.m. PT

"Widely varying reports of snowfall accumulation have been observed. Little to no snowfall accumulation occurred at many coastal or low level locations while inland and higher terrain locations have reached above 20 cm," Environment Canada says.​

- Vancouver Airport  —  1

- West Vancouver  —  15

- North Vancouver (at 130m)  —  15

- North Delta  —  5-10

- Hope  —  5

- Abbotsford  —  20

- Whistler village  —  8

- Squamish  —  5

- Powell River  —  9

- Victoria Airport  —  6

- Malahat Highway  —  28

- Campbell River  —  19

- Nanaimo Airport  —  14

- Saturna Island  —  25

- Port Hardy  —  5

- Comox  —  6

Observations collected from Twitter and weather watchers:

- Nanaimo - Pipers Lagoon  —  4

- Nanaimo - Brechin Hill  —  17

- Nanaimo north   —  20-25

- Nanaimo (near VIU at 220m)  —  36

- Chilliwack  —  24

- Shawnigan Lake  —  22

- Gabriola Island  —  21

- Cortes Island  —  20

- Duncan  —  16

Source: Environment Canada weather summaries

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