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Metro Vancouver in for a blast of winter weather

Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun

Residents clear snow in the Capitol Hill area of Burnaby, B.C., March 5, 2017. A snowfall warning is in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. (NICK PROCAYLO/PostMedia)

Residents clear snow in the Capitol Hill area of Burnaby, B.C., March 5, 2017. A snowfall warning is in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. (NICK PROCAYLO/PostMedia)

It looks like Metro Vancouver is in for its first blast of winter.

Environment Canada posted a special weather statement Wednesday morning, saying snow is possible for Thursday night and Friday morning on the south coast.

The agency says an arctic front will arrive on the coast late Thursday, bringing much cooler air. It will also bring snow or mixed rain and snow to many areas.

By Friday morning, small snowfall accumulations are possible for Fraser Valley and Howe Sound.

However, meteorologists say no significant accumulation is expected in Vancouver, and any snow would be restricted to higher elevations.

In Whistler, rain is expected to change to snow Wednesday night, with five to 10 centimetres expected by Thursday.

On Wednesday, there's a 60% chance of showers and fog patches in the morning. The temperature is expected to reach a high of 10, but then dip down again on Thursday to 6.

On Friday, the forecast is frosty, with temperatures dipping down to below freezing in the evening.

Meanwhile, the Alex Fraser Bridge is getting new cable collars to keep people in their vehicles safe from falling ice, but they won't be ready in time for this weekend's winter weather.

The B.C. government says the system will be installed in the New Year.

The new system is made up of almost 3,000 collars that clear snow and ice accumulations when they are released from the top of the cables. The government says it is similar to the one used on the Port Mann Bridge.

ticrawford@postmedia.com