Government warns British Columbians to stay off roads today

Jan 15 2020, 8:08 am

Do not head out on the roads today.

That is the message BC Government is sending to Lower Mainland and some Vancouver Island residents today.

“Because of extreme winter weather, motorists are advised to avoid all but essential travel throughout the Metro Vancouver region today, including the Fraser Valley,” said the BC Government in a release.

“Persistent snow, high winds, and cold temperatures are causing poor road conditions. Those who must travel are asked to use extreme caution and drive to the conditions. The ministry advises travellers to expect winter conditions for the rest of the week.”

“All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and drive according to weather and road conditions, slowing down when they encounter bad weather or limited visibility.”

The advisory also applies to Vancouver Island on Highway 1 from Nanaimo south to Victoria. It applies to Highways 14, 17, and 18 as well.

All Metro Vancouver schools are closed for the day. Transit is experiencing significant delays, and road conditions are dangerous.

A snowfall warning remains in effect for the region, as total amounts of 10 to 15 cm are expected.

The snow is expected to ease by late morning, according to Environment Canada.