Photo: Environment Canada
UPDATE: 3:25 p.m.
BC Ferries has canceled all departures at B.C. The coastal wind warning as a hurricane force has been issued by Environment Canada.
All departures from Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay, Duke Point, Gulf Islands, Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay, as well as Langdale and Powell River at Sunshine Coast are canceled until further notice.
UPDATE 12:58 p.m.
BC Ferries has canceled all trips between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
A tweet from the company indicates that “given the reports and the wind that is already in the terminals, it is better that we cancel in advance for the safety of all passengers and crew, and to allow that time to make alternative plans for travel”.
Cancellations are due to high winds that are expected to rise later tonight.
UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.
A powerful snowstorm that swept through southern British Columbia early Wednesday caused a warning from the provincial government that warns motorists to stay away from many roads.
The notice covered four roads on Vancouver Island, including Highway 1 between Nanaimo and Victoria. It was issued shortly after a section of Highway 1, east of Vancouver, was also closed due to snow and treacherous conditions.
“Due to the extreme winter weather, motorists are advised to avoid all trips, except essential ones, in the Vancouver Metro region today, including the Fraser Valley,” said the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure notice.
A section of Highway 99, the Sea to Sky Highway north of Vancouver, also closed for several hours due to a vehicle incident in icy and stormy conditions shortly after Environment Canada issued a rare snowstorm warning for the Howe Sound region, which includes that route
All public schools and post-secondary institutions, from the east of the Fraser Valley to Victoria and Nanaimo, were closed when the storm threw at least 25 centimeters of snow in many areas, and the meteorological office requested more snow.
Hardy Lower Mainland attendees who decided to rely on public transportation faced long waits and those who arrived at the SkyTrain stations were advised by the attendees to return home.
Warnings of extreme cold, winter storms or snowfall were in force for all regions, except a handful of them, from British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories to northern Manitoba.
– The Canadian press
UPDATE: 8:35 a.m.
A powerful snowstorm that has closed part of Highway 1 east of Vancouver, closed all public schools and universities in southern Vancouver Island and Vancouver Metro, has now sparked a rare snowstorm warning.
Environment Canada issued the warning for the Howe Sound area early Wednesday, saying gusty winds, blowing snow and near-zero visibility are expected.
The snowstorm warning occurs when more than 25 centimeters of snow covered Greater Victoria and parts of the east of Vancouver Island during the night, and more were expected, while at least 15 centimeters fell on Vancouver Metro.
Treacherous conditions forced officials to close a section of Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley early Wednesday, while snow and ice have also wreaked havoc on transit services in the Lower Continent.
Warnings of extreme cold, winter storms or snowfall are in effect for all regions, except a handful of them, from British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories to northern Manitoba.
The Arctic cold air has slipped south through western Canada carrying wind cooling values in Prairie provinces that are at or below -50 ° C, while wind cooling values in the BC interior are around -40.
Victoria, Metro Vancouver and much of the inland southern coast of British Columbia will also be hit by strong winds over the next 24 hours, as wind warnings are posted and forecasters say gusts of up to 90 km / h have the potential of knocking down trees and causing power outages.
UPDATE 8:27 a.m.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure issued a travel notice for Metro Vancouver, including the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island on Wednesday morning.
“Due to the extreme winter weather, motorists are advised to avoid all trips, except essential ones, in the Vancouver Metro region today, including the Fraser Valley.
A travel notice also applies to Vancouver Island on Highway 1 from Nanaimo South to Victoria, as well as to Highways 14, 17 and 18. “
Constant snow, high winds and low temperatures are causing bad road conditions. If you do not have to travel absolutely, we recommend that you do not do so. If you must travel, we recommend that you be very careful and drive to the conditions. The ministry advises travelers to expect winter conditions for the rest of the week.
UPDATE 7:45 a.m.
The Trans Canada Highway has now closed between Sumas and Hunter Creek due to the deterioration of weather conditions, the detours are available through Highways 7, 9 and 11. DriveBC will issue an update at 11:00 a.m.
ORIGINAL 6:44 a.m.
Metro Vancouver and the south coast are savoring the winter of old Wednesday morning.
DriveBC has issued a travel notice for Trans Canada Highway: travel is not recommended unless absolutely necessary between Lickman and Whatcom due to limited visibility and slippery conditions. Compact snow, sleet, slippery sections and limited visibility due to heavy snow that makes conditions very bad.
Most of the school districts in Metro Vancouver have also canceled today’s classes as well.
– J Snorlax (@sutantoj) January 15, 2020