Thursday , January 21 2021

Heavy snow in Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island causes travel problems

Heavy snowfall across Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island has caused travel delays as roads have been covered with snow and sluice.

Officials closed Malahat Highway outside Victoria for a short period of Sunday due to dangerous conditions and limited visibility.

The RCMP also closed a large part of the highway connecting Swartz Bay to Victoria, where BC Ferries has its main Vancouver Island terminal.

The Pat Bay Highway has since reopened from Swartz Bay to Keating Cross Road.

Sidney RCMP says poor driving conditions caused at least 12 collisions along the roadway Sunday.

Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for several areas of the South Coast.

Up to five to 10 centimeters were expected to fall around the lower mainland while up to 20 centimeters could fall on southeastern Vancouver Island.

Snow fell heavily in Greater Victoria, Southern Gulf Islands and Eastern and Inner Vancouver Island.

TransLink says the snow resulted in delays in transit service across Metro Vancouver. It asked the passengers to be careful on bus loops and SkyTrain stations and urged them to dress warmly.

Time to pack up. (Tina Lovgreen / CBC)

The weather has also forced delayed sailing with BC Ferries.


An Arctic outflow warning applies to the Sea to Sky highway, as cold Arctic air rises through the regions.

According to Environment Canada, arctic outflow warnings are issued when "bitter cold air" flows from within to coastal communities, creating wind cooling values ​​of minus 20 or less for six hours or more.

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