Heavy snowfall in Metro Vancouver the past couple weeks has caused some problems for motorists trying to make their way around. A Global News report indicates extreme delays on the road and even cancelled bus routes. One additional factor includes bridge closures while ice is cleared off the cables, as falling ice has caused damage to passing vehicles in previous years.
As of the time of this post, the current alert for Metro Vancouver from Environment Canada is as follows:
Another Pacific front advancing over the South Coast will bring 15 to 25 mm of rain through this evening and into Tuesday morning. In areas where significant amounts of snow remain from Monday morning there is the potential for localized flooding. This is most likely over the northern and eastern sections of Metro Vancouver and over northern sections of the Fraser Valley. Fortunately snow levels are expected to remain high enough with this system to give snowfall only to the mountains. However near Hope weak outflow will develop overnight bringing the potential for up to 5 cm.
In behind this system strong northwest winds locally gusting to 80 km/h are expected to spread over most areas Tuesday morning. This will bring the potential for power outages with some trees weakened by the latest series of storms. Winds and precipitation should ease in the afternoon.
According to this CBC News article, residents of the area are frustrated with the city’s apparent lack of readiness in dealing with the storm. On the plus side, anyone hitting the local ski hills (and making it there) are sure to enjoy the snow.
Also as a reminder, drivers should check the road cameras and conditions at DriveBC prior to hitting the highways.