Vancouver got a break from the showers this afternoon, but evening drizzle is back and here to stay through Thursday, says CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

This morning's rainmaker is now moving through southern B.C., producing a band of heavy snowfall for mountain passes in the southern Interior. Total amounts will range from five to 10 centimetres over most areas before the system weakens by Wednesday evening. However, 15 centimetres may be possible over the southern sections of the Coquihalla and into Allison Pass.

Right now, it looks like roughly five centimetres to seven centimetres of precipitation may fall on the local mountains via flurries today and light snow tomorrow. Vancouver Island ski resort Mount Washington announced today they are closing indefinitely due to lack of snow.

Much colder air moves in on Friday as the arctic air mass across much of the country moves westward. It will modify as it tracks south, but temperatures will likely drop below 0 C by the end of the weekend through the overnights.

Watch Johanna's video outlook in the player above, and catch her full forecast on CBC News Vancouver at 5 and 6.

Heavy snow for mountain passes in southern B.C. Interior