Snowfall warning: Up to another 15 cm of snow set to hit Vancouver by Tuesday morning

Feb 6 2017, 3:04 pm

Monday morning greeted us with another dusting of the white stuff and the promise of more wintery weather on its way.

Environment Canada issued another snowfall warning for the region early this morning suggesting that 10 to 15 cm may fall on Metro Vancouver by Tuesday morning.

“A low pressure system moving across Washington State today will bring snow to Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley today and continue through tonight as a second, broad low pressure area follows in behind,” the warning states. “The snowfall has been extended to Greater Victoria as higher snowfall amounts are expected near the Malahat.”

Commuters are advised to be prepared for changing road conditions as the Monday morning commute could get messy.

Public transit disruptions

At this time, disruptions to public transit services are minimal, although there are some delays as traffic is moving more slowly than usual due to slippery conditions and there are higher than usual passenger volumes.

These are the disruptions to the bus services at this time:

  • All buses routes are presently on regular route with the exception of David Ave in Coquitlam. Routes 181, 183, 186 and 187 are currrently detoured.
  • The 169 route cannot service the Riverview Hospital portion due to ice.
  • 152 service will stay on Austin Ave and will not service Hickey or Guilby St until the road is plowed.

There are currently no major delays to any of the three SkyTrain lines. TransLink says anti-icing solutions have been sprayed on outdoor sections of the tracks, and on the Canada Line this is supplemented by sanding trains.

The public transit authority is coordinating with municipalities and contractors to ensure bus routes are plowed first and kept clear to ensure continuity of service. Push trucks have been deployed to assist buses that are stuck, and if required the long 60-foot articulated buses will be switched to 40-foot buses for better traction in the snow and ice.

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