Messy commute expected as snowfall begins again over South Coast

Snow has begun to fall across Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

Snowfall warnings are in place for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria and the Malahat Highway, as well as Eastern Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Environment Canada said the brunt of a band of heavy precipitation was set to arrive “just in time for rush hour.”

The agency says five to 10 centimetres of snow are possible for most regions of the South Coast, and that freezing rain is possible in Metro Vancouver.

“This storm will be accompanied by slightly milder conditions and the snow is expected to be wetter (less fluffy) than earlier this week,” says the snowfall warning.

“With the onset of milder air with this system and prolonged outflow conditions, a risk of freezing rain will exist tonight and Friday morning.”

You can see full and up to date Environment Canada warnings and alerts here.

On the roads

TransLink says it has mobilized extra staff and has sanded and salted transit exchanges. It says it has substituted a number of its 60-foot articulated buses for shorter, 40-foot buses with better traction.

It says it has also turned off SkyTrain track intrusion alarms and has deployed SkyTrain Attendants to watch for guideway issues.

But passengers are still being warned to expect delays and crowding during peak period, and to plan extra time into their commute.

The City of Vancouver said Thursday that crews had been on the roads all night salting arterial roads, bridge decks and viaducts.

DriveBC has also issued a travel advisory for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Kamloops, and has warned of limited visibility due to blowing snow.

Closures

Douglas College cancelled all classes on Thursday effective at 4:30 p.m.

The Vancouver Park Board says the Stanley Park Seawall between Siwash Rock and the Lions Gate Bridge also remains closed due to the risk of falling ice.

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