"Extreme weather" has prompted multiple BC Ferries cancellations today

Jan 10 2020, 8:27 am

Those planning to use BC Ferries as part of their travels today are being advised to double-check the status of their sailing before heading out, as multiple sailings  on multiple routes have been cancelled today, due to what the company calls “extreme weather.”

Cancelled sailings include:

  • Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay: 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm
  • Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen: 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm
  • Tsawwassen-Duke Point: 7:45 am, 10:15 am, 12:45 pm
  • Duke Point-Tsawwassen: 7:45 am, 10: 15 am, 12:45 pm
  • Tsawwassen-Gulf Islands: All sailings before 12:30 pm
  • Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay: 8:25 am
  • Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay: 8:​25 am
  • Powell River-Comox: 8:​05 am
  • Swartz Bay-Gulf Islands: All sailings between 9 am and 1 pm
  • Campbell River-Quadra Island: 8:00 am, 8:30 am

The cancellations come as Environment Canada’s snowfall warning remains in effect for the Metro Vancouver region.

“An intense Pacific frontal system is producing snow over Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley this morning,” said the weather agency in a statement.

The warning is in effect for:

  • Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley

The wet snow began falling Thursday evening and Environment Canada says “total accumulation will be highly dependent on elevation and proximity to the water.”

The highest accumulation is expected for the North Shore and the northeast sector of Metro Vancouver.

“The higher elevations of West and North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey and Maple Ridge will get 15 to 25 cm accumulation by late morning,” said Environment Canada.

The City of Vancouver and Burnaby are expected to receive 10 to 15 cm of snow in total, whereas lower elevations near the Strait of Georgia (such as Richmond) are expected to get 5 cm.

As for the Fraser Valley, 5 to 15 cm total accumulation is predicted for the early afternoon.

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