More snow and cold in forecast

Homeless are coming indoors; no white Christmas predicted

Maple Ridge already had a blast of winter earlier this month. Snow is back today

Snowfall is expected for the Friday morning commute.

According to Environment Canada, between two and five centimeters of snow will fall on Friday, and it is expected to come early in the day.

And it will be cold, with a high of 2C and a low of 1C.

The cold weather shelter at Salvation Army Caring Place has been increasingly busy.

Shelter manager Mike Emery noted that the upstairs emergency shelter can house 95 people, and has been 95 per cent full through November and December.

Downstairs is the extreme weather shelter for cold and rain, with an additional 15 beds. It has been running at 30 per cent occupancy in November, and 40 per cent in December.

Emery expects it will be full or close to full with tonight’s cold and snow.

While it has been a cold winter, Emery said there have been no reported incidents of homeless people in the area being injured by the cold.

“We’re pretty good at encouraging people to come in, and the staff is good about telling them what the forecast is going to be.”

Warmer weather is on the way. Saturday will be sunny with cloudy periods, warming to a high of 4C and a low of 2C.

The forecast is not offering a white Christmas.

The forecast is for rain on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, then Christmas Day will see cloudy periods, with a low of zero and a high of 5C.

 

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