Traffic was brought to a complete standstill along the Sea to Sky Highway for much of Sunday when a severe snowstorm hit the corridor.
Dangerous conditions were experienced throughout the day and there have been reports of vehicles sliding off pavement and unable to climb icy road surfaces. The situation was particularly serious between Squamish and Whistler.
At this time, the road to Whistler is still treacherous: the B.C. Ministry of Transportation has advised the public to delay or make alternate plans until road conditions improve.
This was the B.C. South Coast’s first winter storm of 2015, although the Metro Vancouver region was spared the worst of it. There was heavy rain at times and only a trace of snow was seen in the eastern areas of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Environment Canada has stated that an additional 30 to 40 mm of rain can be expected by Monday morning. Between 10 to 20 mm of rain will also fall throughout the day.
While the storm brought havoc to the mountain roads, it was a blessing for the snow-starved North Shore Mountains of Metro Vancouver. Here is the 24 hour snow accumulation for all three ski hills:
- Cypress Mountain: 30 cms
- Grouse Mountain: 34 cms
- Seymour Mountain: 42 cms
Over the last 24 hours, Whistler Blackcomb recorded about 26 cms of new powder.
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