Snowfall totals: How much snow has fallen in the Lower Mainland since Friday (PHOTOS)

Feb 5 2017, 6:32 pm

Snowfall accumulations across the Lower Mainland since Friday morning have varied anywhere from 22.6 cm at Vancouver International Airport to 70 cm in Chilliwack, according to Environment Canada and The Weather Network.

There were even confirmed reports of lightning over Richmond during last night’s snowstorm, and the weight of the snow also caused thousands of BC Hydro customers across the region to lose their power.

For most areas in Metro Vancouver, the snow stopped falling at around midnight, and conditions are expected to hold throughout the day with only a few flurries. However, heavy snowfall is expected to return by Monday morning, increasing during the morning rush hour, and continue through Tuesday.

No significant accumulations are expected in the western half of Metro Vancouver until tomorrow, but the eastern municipalities could experience more accumulation. At this time, Environment Canada expects 5 cm of new snow will fall at YVR during the daytime on Monday. As usual, larger accumulations can be expected for areas further away from the warming influence of sea water and on higher terrain.

However, up to another 6 cm is in the forecast for Abbotsford throughout Sunday, and an Environment Canada snowfall warning remains in effect for Chilliwack where between 15 cm and 20 cm is expected.

Within Metro Vancouver, the chance of snowfall continues daily through Thursday.

Daily accumulations from Environment Canada

Vancouver International Airport (main weather station):

  • Friday, February 3: 12 cm
  • Saturday, February 4: 10.6 cm
  • Total to date: 22.6 cm

Abbotsford International Airport (main weather station):

  • Friday, February 3: 17 cm
  • Saturday, February 4: 20 cm
  • Total to date: 37 cm

Estimated accumulations from 5 am on February 3 to 6 pm on February 4:

  • Vancouver Eastside: 15 cm to 20 cm
  • West Vancouver: 15 cm to 20 cm
  • North Vancouver: 15 cm 20 cm
  • Surrey: 20 cm to 30 cm
  • White Rock: 8 cm
  • Squamish: 20 cm to 30 cm
  • Whistler Village: 7 cm to 20 cm
  • Victoria International Airport: 13 cm
  • Comox Airport: 18 cm

Transit disruptions and flight delays

Road conditions across Metro Vancouver have greatly improved since last night’s snowfall, and more affected bus routes have returned to normal operations.

TransLink says its articulated buses have been changed to 40-foot buses, which provide better traction in the snow, for routes 49, 95 B-Line, 96 B-Line, and 99 B-Line. As well, some buses running on routes 3, 8, 10, and 20 have been switched from electric trolleys to 40-foot diesel buses.

At this time, there are no major delays to any of the three SkyTrain lines.

As for conditions at Vancouver International Airport, many flights – both arriving and departing – were delayed on Friday and Saturday. A number of flights are also delayed this morning.

Flight cancellations have only been made to short-haul regional flights using small aircraft to destinations in BC, Alberta, and Washington State.

However, two major flights last night from Hong Kong and Calgary were rerouted to Sea-Tac International Airport due to poor runway conditions at YVR. Airport ground crews worked around the clock to clear runways and taxiways, but within minutes cleared pathways were covered with a new layer of snow.

Snowing. In February. In Vancouver. No way!

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10k everyday.

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Loving the snowfall. ❄️

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The moment you are truly happy with yourself is when you see things happening in your life. Yesterday was a clear example of it, after having to cancel clients due to the snowfall, ditch my baby (car) in the middle of a hill somewhere, having to walk for blocks and blocks with shoes soaking wet, I decided to turn all that into a positive and spent an entire day with my friends, laughing, chatting, throwing snowballs at each other and just plain hanging out. The moment you are truly happy with yourself is when you choose positivity. . . . . No momento que você estiver realmente feliz consigo mesmo(a), você verá que as coisas começarão a acontecer na sua vida. Ontem foi um claro exemplo disso. Depois de ter que cancelar clientes, perder aula, largar meu carro numa ladeira por ai, andar 10 blocos com neve na canela e meu tênis de corrida encharcado por causa da neve, eu decidi ver tudo isso de uma forma positiva e passei o dia com amigos, dando risada, conversando, fazendo guerra de bola se neve e tudo mais. O momento que você realmente está feliz consigo mesmo é quando você escolhe positividade.

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Another snowy shot from today.

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Palm trees 🌴 don’t deserve this ❄️ #snowcouver #sunsetbeach

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