Residents across Metro Vancouver are waking up to a very thick layer of snow cover as the forecast for overnight rainfall beginning during the early morning hours of Saturday never materialized. Instead, precipitation fell as snow and it is expected to continue through late this morning.
As a result, Environment Canada has issued an extended snowfall warning for the region, calling it a “long period of snowfall,” with another two to four centimetres anticipated this morning and this evening. For Saturday afternoon, it could swing either way: there could be a stretch of no precipitation, but there is also a chance of rainfall. And with temperatures hovering just above the freezing point, as was the case overnight, some areas could see more snow during the afternoon.
As of midnight Saturday, 12 cms had already fallen at Vancouver International Airport and 14 cms at the University of British Columbia campus.
With poor conditions, a number of TransLink bus services are running with limited services and delays. There are minor snow-related delays on the Expo and Millennium lines at this time, although a fallen tree near Joyce-Collingwood Station led to single-track service in the area for approximately an hour earlier this morning.
Following yesterday’s significant service disruptions due to snow and ice building on the North Arm Bridge over the Fraser River, the Canada Line will be running more trains on the system to help clear snow and ice from the tracks south of Marine Drive Station.
Meanwhile for Abbotsford, the federal weather agency expects another 20 cm to fall from Saturday through Sunday morning. This adds to the layer of 20 cm that fell at Abbotsford International Airport as of 4 am.
More snowfall is expected Sunday and throughout much of the coming week.