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Expect hazardous winter driving Saturday from Squamish to Whistler: Environment Canada

'Snow will begin Saturday morning; accumulations of 5 to 10 cm are expected.'

Expect extreme winter driving conditions if you are heading to Whistler this weekend, folks.

A special weather statement has been issued for Saturday, Dec. 9 on the Sea to Sky Highway from Squamish To Whistler. 

Environment Canada says snow will cause hazardous winter driving conditions.

Snow will begin Saturday morning, with between five to 10 centimetres expected to accumulate, according to the alert.

"Motorists are advised to be prepared for winter driving conditions," the alert reads. 

"Snow will transition to rain near Squamish late Saturday, but flurries will persist near Whistler."

Explaining further what to expect in weekend weather, Squamish meteorologist Jason Ross says that a high-pressure ridge will build over southern B.C. with clearing today (Dec. 8) before the vigorous frontal system approaches the coast on Saturday. 

Weatherhood predicts a high of 4 C today, dipping to -1 C overnight. 

Saturday will see a high of 2 C, dipping to -2 C overnight. 

A low-pressure system approaching the region will bring showers across the south coast on Sunday, with freezing levels rising to 2,000 metres along the coast, and 1,000 metres for the Whistler area of the Sea to Sky. 

Weatherhood says it will be 5 C on Sunday in Squamish, dropping to 2 C Sunday night. 

Precipitation will taper off Sunday night into Monday morning as high pressure builds over southern B.C., Ross said.

On this day

•The average high temperature on Dec. 8 in Squamish is ​​3.6 C. 

•The average low is -1.1 C. 

•The highest temperature we have seen (1982 to 2022) on this day was 14.8 C in 2015.

•The coolest it has gotten was -10.4 C in 2013.

•The greatest amount of precipitation we have seen in Squamish on Dec. 8th was 62.2 millimetres in 1994.

For up-to-the-minute Squamish weather, go to our Weatherhood page.

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