Drivers face messy trips, but it seems that the worst snowstorm on the Low Continent is over

Good news for parents and travelers, bad news for students waiting for another snow day: the worst snowstorm on the Low Continent seems to be over.

Most public schools in the region were open on Thursday, although several independent schools canceled classes.

The side streets in most of the municipalities of the Low Continent remained covered with snow and untidy. The main routes were mostly clear, but drivers were warned that the trip could still be a challenge, particularly south of the Fraser and in the Fraser Valley.

1:44The good, the bad and the ugly of a snowy day at Metro Vancouver

The good, the bad and the ugly of a snowy day at Metro Vancouver

Concern in many areas now changes to flooding, and warmer temperatures are expected to begin melting snow.

“We have concerns about the floods, we are likely to have that concern until the weekend,” said Erin Watts, Vancouver street operations manager on Wednesday.

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“Because we have this snow, the snow will melt with the rains. If we have heavy rains, we expect floods.”

The Ministry of Transportation has not shown signs so far of closing the bridges of Port Mann and Alex Fraser, despite warnings to travelers on Wednesday that conditions could cause closures.

School closings for Thursday at Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

Most weather warnings were raised for the Low Continent, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast during the night.

However, an Arctic outflow warning was maintained for the center and east of the Fraser Valley, with strong winds and wind temperatures of up to -20. A winter storm warning was also maintained for the east of Vancouver Island, with a snow forecast of up to five centimeters and winds of 60 to 80 kilometers per hour.

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The strong winds during the night left about 30,000 British Colombians without electricity at the peak of the storm during the night. Courtenay, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Sechelt and Victoria were the most affected.

The Crown corporation says that most customers had their power restored on Thursday morning, but the teams would work throughout the day to reconnect the rest.

1:24Wind warnings follow significant snowfall

Wind warnings follow significant snowfall

“The softest air is entering from the south this morning. Some temperatures are above zero in Vancouver Metro, some are still below, so ice conditions in several areas, “said Global B.C. meteorologist Mark Madryga.

Blackouts, traffic and traffic delays as a new round of snow and wind hits the Lower Continent

“The Fraser Valley is well below the freezing point this morning, it is still very windy in the eastern sections. As for the precipitation today, we will have snow showers or mixed rain and snow that will come and go. “

TransLink said there were teams working overnight to “rectify several problems that affected services” on Wednesday, but warned passengers that the service will continue to be slower than normal.

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“Clients should take advantage of additional travel time,” the agency said. “Our advice is to verify traffic alerts before traveling.”

“There are some [bus] there are detours at the site and there are also some route changes, but the bus service is ongoing for bus customers to check traffic alerts just to make sure their route is not affected, “spokesman Ben Murphy said. .

HandyDART remained at essential service levels only on Thursday due to slippery side streets.

BC Ferries canceled the trips from 6:15 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. in both directions between Horseshoe Bay and Departure (Nanaimo) due to adverse weather conditions.

Departures at 6:15 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. between Comox and Powell River they were also canceled.

Travelers are recommended to visit the BC Ferries website before heading to the terminal.

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