BC Ferries cancelling ALL major route sailings scheduled for later today

Jan 15 2020, 12:36 pm

The roads are a mess, transit’s a headache, and now travellers in Metro Vancouver planning to use BC Ferries are being advised of numerous cancellations which are set to take effect later today, beginning around 3 pm.

The cancellations come on the heels of a Wind Warning issued by Environment Canada today, for areas including:

  • Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta

According to the weather agency, “a deep low pressure system will cross Vancouver Island tonight. Ahead of the low, southeast winds of 70 to 90 km/h will develop over Greater Victoria early in the evening then spread to the rest of the Inner South Coast later in the evening.

Winds will then “shift abruptly to the southwest late overnight or Thursday morning in the wake of the low with gusty winds,” before they ease on Thursday morning.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur,” Environment Canada said. “High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.”

A  fresh Snowfall Warning  was also issued by Environment Canada today.

The areas affected this time include:

  • 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

According to the national weather agency, “an area of low pressure currently offshore will approach the BC coast late this afternoon.”

That low pressure “will bring strong southeasterly winds to the region. This will create a slow transition from snow to rain for areas mainly near the Strait of Georgia and low lying areas tonight.”

However, “cold air will remain in place over the North Shore, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, as well as northern sections of Langley and Surrey.”

Snow accumulation of 10 cm is expected over these areas tonight as a result, before the snow eases to scattered showers “or flurries” Thursday.