Tuesday will be another cold day at Metro Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia.
Environment Canada has issued another snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and most of Vancouver Island.
“Prepare to quickly change and deteriorate travel conditions,” the agency said.
“The rapid accumulation of snow could make travel difficult in some places. There can be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. “
Global BC senior meteorologist Kristi Gordon says the snow is expected to develop Tuesday night and continue for at least part of the morning trip.
“There will probably be a brief pause in the action late in the morning-noon on Wednesday before another wave of snow develops in the afternoon,” he said.
The island is expected to suffer the worst part of this 5-15 cm snow weather system late Wednesday morning. But significant snowfall amounts of 5-10 cm are also expected at Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Gordon added.
“The next big problem we are tracking is the possibility of extremely strong winds on Wednesday night,” Gordon added.
“There is still some uncertainty in this wind forecast, but our models show possible gusts at 80 km / h for Vancouver Metro and Fraser Valley, with gusts at 100 km / h across the Georgia Strait. The ingredients are there for a potential storm night with power outages and ferry delays. ”
Environment Canada forecasts 10 to 15 centimeters for Wednesday morning, although quantities may vary significantly according to geography.
TransLink and HandyDART buses operated as usual on Tuesday morning, however, many passengers reported extremely busy conditions at transit stops and at SkyTrain stations.
The icy weather and ice combined to create chaotic scenes on the roads of Metro Vancouver and Highway 1 on Tuesday morning, including a truck that crashed on the Sprott flyover.
The rain before deep freezing helped many side streets freeze in the city of Vancouver and forced the closure of some steeper routes.
The BC Truck Association complained on Tuesday of treacherous conditions on Highway 1, and President Dave Earle told Global News that he was looking for a meeting with the province on the issue.
“No one is more frustrated than we are with the conditions we are dealing with,” Earle said.
“We have meetings imminently scheduled to talk and discuss what maintenance processes were implemented, what steps were taken and the levels of service established with the contractor to ensure that our members and everyone can operate safely on the roads.”
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Mainroad Contracting, which is hired to keep the highway clear, referred the questions to the Ministry of Transportation.
In a statement, the Ministry of Transportation said the crews have been “in full force” by plowing and applying salt and brine.
“In the Fraser Valley, strong outbound winds combined with cold and dry temperatures (- 12 this morning) are making it difficult to keep the material on the road and deal with the snow that has compacted on the road,” he said. the ministry
“The ministry maintenance contractor for this service area had its entire fleet working this morning, and will continue to do so throughout the day and overnight.”
He said the crews also began mixing salt with sand and using chemicals to defrost to better deal with colder temperatures.
The city of Vancouver said it is operating salt and brine trucks 24 hours a day, focusing on priority routes, bridges, hospital routes and the 15 most used bicycle routes in the city.
“The side streets will not be plowed as we focus on these critical routes,” he said.
The green container service has also been canceled all week to free staff for snow removal.
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Two schools were closed in Abbotsford. Chilliwack schools remained open, but there will be no school buses due to icy roads.
Camosun College on Vancouver Island said it closed at 4 p.m. due to adverse weather.
The city of Vancouver says that several shelters will open for warming.
Elsewhere in BC, extreme cold warnings are in effect throughout the province, including 100 Mile, Atlin, BC, Peace River, Bulkley Valley and Lakes District, Cariboo, Cassiar Mountains, Chilcotin, Dease Lake, Elk Valley, Fort Nelson , Haines Road, Kinbasket, McGregor, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park, North Columbia, Prince George, South Klondike Highway, Stuart-Nechako, Teslin, Watson Lake, Williston, Yellowhead and Yoho Park-Kootenay Park.
Another weather system will arrive in the region on Wednesday night, although “there is a certain degree of uncertainty regarding its impact on the south coast,” according to Environment Canada.
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