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More snow forecast as chilly temperatures linger in Metro Vancouver

Flurries are expected on Wednesday.

Temperatures expected to dip to around –5 C most nights this week

The North Shore mountains turn pink at sunset after snowfall. More flurries are in the forecast for the Metro Vancouver region this week. (Shutterstock)

If you were hoping to wake up to warmer weather in Metro Vancouver anytime soon, don't hold your breath.

Temperatures are expected to dip to around –5 C most nights and stay cool in the mornings this week. Flurries are in the forecast for Wednesday and on and off through Friday.

The cold snap is forecast to stay, with flurries forecast through the end of the week. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

The chill follows a flash snowfall over the weekend that knocked out power for 27,000 people along the South Coast

During the days, however, the sun has been coming out — making for a rather scenic skyline.

Freezing temperatures prompted the City of Vancouver to open temporary warming shelters as refuge for people living on the streets.

Three Vancouver community centres are open Tuesday night:

  • Britannia Community Centre at 1739 Venables St. 
  • Carnegie Community Centre at 401 Main St.
  • West End Community Centre at 870 Denman St. 
A man takes shelter from the cold in an alcove at Britannia Secondary School in East Vancouver. Three warming centres, including on at Britannia, are open Tuesday night. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

The centres welcome both men and women, as well as pets, bikes and carts. Hot beverages and snacks are available and no reservations are required.

Staff at Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside had to turn away at least 25 people on Sunday night after its shelter space hit capacity.