A Snowfall Warning remains in effect for the Fraser Valley, with anywhere from 20-30 cm expected over the weekend.
It says the snow will ease off late on Sunday, but that’s followed by a ridge of high pressure bringing drier conditions and colder temperatures next week.
Although the warning for Metro Vancouver has been lifted, Global BC Meteorologist Michael Kuss says we’re going to see a little bit of everything.
“Lots of rain near the water, but east Metro Vancouver around Surrey, North Burnaby we’re seeing mixed precipitation, even some freezing rain and then Langley to the east it will be all snow and that stretches all the way into tomorrow afternoon,” he says.
“I don’t know what is better, really cold and clear or snow and warm with a rain mix. As we get into next week the arctic air pushes in and clear out all the snow and rain. We could have it all the way up until near Christmas that we don’t see any precipitation but overnight lows hitting minus 10 and daytime highs at freezing with the next snow-maker could come by Christmas eve.”
— Michael Kuss (@michaelkusswx) December 10, 2016
SFU Burnaby has closed its campus for the day after 2 p.m., cancelling all exams from 3:30 p.m. onward.
Students had been calling for the school to close Saturday via social media, after many were stranded on snowy Burnaby Mountain Friday with only 30 minutes notice of cancelled exams.
SFU Vancouver and Surrey campuses remain open.
Transportation and TransLink updates
The Alex Fraser Bridge was completely shut down for over 6 hours Saturday due to falling snow and ice concerns. It has fully re-opened as of 5:30 p.m.
Crews wanted to allow snow and ice that accumulated overnight to safely melt from the cables.
This marked the first closure of the Alex Fraser due to falling ice and snow in 30 years.
Parkes says it was the right decision.
“It has cable stays on it that can collect snow. It’s rare, the bridge has been open for 30 years and this is the first time we’ve closed it due to shedding ice. I think it’s a combination of the size of the sheets that are breaking off now and how the wind is blowing.”
Seeing an awful lot of uncleared sidewalks in Vancouver- treacherous now, could be a nightmare if it refreezes pic.twitter.com/uuiiBECAXN
— Simon Little (@simonplittle) December 10, 2016
SkyTrain, Sea Bus are running normally so far this weekend.
HandyDART service continues to run “essential services” only, read here for details.
There are a few bus route service disruptions, one for Blue Bus and the rest for regular Bus routes.
Spokesperson for Translink, Anne Drennan says plowing and de-icing has helped keep services running smoothly.
“We have some icy conditions which are impacting some areas with respect to buses. We’ve had numerous bus loops attended to by plowing services and de-icing has taken place. We have reports of snow falling at higher elevations including SFU, but it isn’t impacting service at the moment. With respect to trains, they are working very, very well.”
Drennan says attendants have been placed on some SkyTrain services as track alarms have been disabled.
ICBC’s dial-a-claim centre has been inundated with calls for claims.
Spokesperson Sam Corea says every day this week has topped 2,800 – the average daily number of calls.
“Starting with Monday, more than 5,100 calls to our call centre, and then that continued throughout the week with 4,200 on Tuesday, almost 4,000 on Wednesday, and on Thursday 3,500, so tapering off a bit, but today, we’re back up again, it’s 2,400 calls as of 3 p.m. this afternoon.”
— Janet Brown (@JanetBrown980) December 10, 2016