Road conditions were less than ideal this morning, as Metro Vancouver dealt with its first snowfall of the season.
One woman is suffering from minor injuries after a tree fell on top of her car while she was driving in North Vancouver.
Meanwhile, a video online shows a transit bus near Upper Lynn Valley that crashed against a tree while passengers were on board.
Assistant Chief Jim Bonneville says everyone is OK in both incidents but is asking commuters to be safe.
“Conditions are changing as we speak. We had a snowfall warning and then it ended earlier today and then another wave came and we’re advised by Environment Canada that we’re in for more so just be aware that conditions change.”
ICBC has released driving tips for drivers during the winter time:
- Slow down. Posted speed limits are for ideal conditions only. Adjust your driving in winter conditions. Allow yourself at least twice the normal braking distance on snow-covered or slushy roads.
- Headlights on. Use your headlights in poor weather and reduced visibility – not only at night – to help you see ahead and be seen by other drivers.
- Watch for other road users. Look twice for pedestrians crossing the road particularly when visibility is poor.
- Prevent a skid. Black ice is commonly found on roads with shaded areas, bridges, overpasses and intersections where car exhaust and packed snow freeze quickly. If you drive over black ice and start to skid, ease off the accelerator, and look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Don’t brake—this will make the situation worse. You may need to repeat this manoeuvre several times until you regain control.
- Check your vehicle. Prepare your vehicle for winter driving. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Check the condition of your windshield wiper blades and replace them if they’re worn out. Top up wiper fluid for clearer visibility and carry extra washer fluid in your vehicle. Fill up your gas tank. Pack an emergency kit and make sure it includes a flashlight and extra batteries.
- Plan ahead. Check road and weather conditions on drivebc.ca before heading out.
From bad to worse
It looks like the treacherous driving conditions could go from bad to worse.
Global meteorologist Kristi Gordon says with temperatures fluctuating – the concern now is the snow and slush turning to ice for tonight’s commute home.
“we are expecting icy sidewalks and roads beginning tonight and right through the day Tuesday, we are not expecting temperatures to warm-up at all.”
Looking ahead, Gordon says we should get a break on Wednesday before another system hits on Thursday.
“So the concern will be for snow through the commuting hours on Thursday, with moisture pushing in from the west that will bring in warmer temperatures.”
With files from Jon Meyer