— Simon Little (@simonplittle) December 9, 2016
It wasn’t the “snowpocalypse” some had predicted, but steady afternoon slow has blanketed much of the Lower Mainland with the white stuff.
Global BC Meteorologist Kristi Gordon says things look to have tapered off for now, and there’s a slight chance it could get a little damper.
“We’ve warmed up to about zero degrees in a few areas, and I think we’ll continue to see that temperature through the evening and overnight hours which means we’ll be hovering around the freezing mark and seeing a mix of rain and snow.”
Gordon adds the snowfall warning remains in effect, and if temperatures drop a little more, we could see further snow accumulate.
Shortly before 10 p.m. Vancouver Police issued a notice, advising motorists to southbound Boundary at Rumble, southbound Knight at 33rd, and southbound Cambie due to unsafe driving conditions.
Planning on traveling on Highway 1?
Expect a slow going, potentially messy commute. Global BC reporter Jill Bennett was on the busy stretch of road in Burnaby and says with the snow starting to pick up, it could be a long drive home for many people.
“If it keeps piling up and sticking where it is right now, this is definitely an early start to the rush hour and definitely a slow go on Highway 1.”
Spun out cars are being reported in all kinds of areas in the Lower Mainland.
— Estefania Duran (@DuranCKNW980) December 9, 2016
The North Shore and Fraser Valley are getting snow as well; Gordon says gusty winds have also been a factor in places like Abbotsford.
“….It was the winds; they saw strong outflow winds, and that blew the snow around and reduced viability on many of the highways. The snow has eased up in that area; it’s not done just yet, but I expect a break through the afternoon hours in through the Fraser Valley but this evening we expect the snow to pick up once again.”
Environment Canada says up to 25 cm could fall at higher elevations by Saturday.
“As the storm continues to develop off the BC coast, more precipitation is expected today through Saturday over the South Coast. While the snow is expected to become mixed with rain or change to rain this afternoon near sea level, for communities at higher elevations or inland, precipitation will remain in the form of snow through Saturday morning,” says Environment Canada.
Here are some prelim #snowfall accumulation totals to 3pm for Metro #Vancouver, the #FraserValley, and #Squamish. #snowday #bcstorm pic.twitter.com/21tKQmolus — EC_BCweather (@ECCCWeatherBC) December 9, 2016
Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.
Commuters continue to be warned to build extra time into their trip plans.
- West Coast Express: operating normally.
- SkyTrain: Operating normally.
- West Van Blue Bus: Operating normally.
- Buses: There are detours for over a dozen bus routes, listed below. All other routes operating normally.
- Handy DART: Running “essential services only at all locations today.”
YVR West Jet cancellations, flight delays
The weather is not cooperating for West Jet flight passengers, so far 9 planes have been cancelled out of Vancouver and 3 so far out of Abbotsford.
Spokesperson Lauren Stewart says when cancelling flights, they take into consideration the snow, wind and visibility, also on the ground, the safety of the of the turn around crew and the baggage handlers.
“Typically what happens is, we don’t wanna send planes in if they’re going to get stuck, because we do wanna make sure that there are other guests that are able to go down the line, so we kinda monitor the situation, see what the safety is like flying in and make decisions as we go.”
Stewart says if you have a flight today or tomorrow, to go online before you leave to make sure your plane is still scheduled for take-off. For more information you can visit their website.
Harbour Air Seaplane flights have been cancelled for the day.
Some flights leaving from Abbotsford International Airport have been delayed due to the snow throughout the day, but most are on time by Friday evening as the snow slows down.
Latest school closures:
A pair of key bus routes to SFU are currently suspended, and exams are now being postponed for today. All three SFU campuses are now closed.
TransLink says the 135 and 145 bus routes are on hold for now, with a shuttle in place to get up and down the mountain.
Simon Fraser University says on Twitter that exams supposed to start after 3:30 p.m. on Friday are going to have to be re-scheduled.
BCIT and UBC say all campuses are currently open and classes are going ahead as scheduled.
— Simon Little (@simonplittle) December 10, 2016
- St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary
- St. James and St. Ann’s School
- Cornerstone Christian School
- Abbotsford Christian School (all campuses)
- St. Thomas More Collegiate
- John Knox Christian School
- Absorbent Minds Montessori pre-school
- St. Mary’s Elementary
- All School District No. 71
- Mediated Learning Academy
- Children of Integrity Montessori Academy
- Traditional Learning Academy
- All public schools closed today.
- Immaculate Conception School
- Ecole Victor Brodeur
- Kings School Closed (kindergarten to grade 12 school)
- Credo Christian Elementary School
- William of Orange Christian School
- Langley Christian School (all campuses)
- Langley Montessori School
- Christian School
- James Cameron Elementary School
- Archbishop Carney High School
- Hope Lutheran Christian School
- Our Lady of the Assumption
- Port Renfrew Elementary
- St. Joseph the Worker School
- Surrey Christian School (all campuses)
- Holy Cross School Surrey
- William of Orange Christian School Surrey
- Our Lady of Good Counsel Surrey
- Cloverdale Christian Elementary School Surrey
- St. Mathews Elementary School Surrey
- Regent Christian Academy Surrey
- Cloverdale Catholic Surrey
- Absorbent Minds Montessori pre-school Cloverdale
- Cloverdale Catholic School
- Cloverdale Christian Elementary
- Southpointe Academy
- Blessed Sacrament Elementary School
- St. Anthony Padua Elementary School
- Eaton Arrowsmith School (UBC)
- Vancouver College High School
- St. Jude’s Elementary School
- Saint Francis Xavier Elementary
- Christ Church Cathedral School
- Sprott Shaw College Victoria Campus