The snowfall warning has been renewed for multiple parts of B.C., including Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley.
But while the flakes are still coming down now, Global BC meteorologist Yvonne Schalle says that trend won’t last too much longer.
“A few areas especially closer to the water by this evening could see rain or rain mixed with snow. We’ll see that transition especially for the overnight tonight but higher elevations still an extra five and up to ten centimetres of snowfall and as we get in towards the early morning hours on our Monday, that’s when we’ll start to see the snowfall around Metro Vancouver turn to rain,” she says.
Temperatures are expected to hover around the minus one or minus two mark, before climbing to the mid or high single digits later this week.
Around the region, snow removal crews are on the road.
The city of Vancouver says it dispatched 14 Salter/plows at 5 a.m. for main routes, with another 14 trucks now providing support to the main routes and handling trouble calls.
They’re backed by four maintenance crews handling 3-1-1 calls.
Three salter/plows have been deployed to shared bike paths and priority hills, and one tractor to priority bike routes.
The city says there were also several water main breaks this morning, some of which have already been repaired.
For those travelling Sunday, TransLink is asking people to leave extra time to get to where they need to go.
There have been no reports of problems on the Port Mann or Alex Fraser bridges so far.
On Friday, the province said it would use a heavy-lift helicopter to blow snow and ice off the Alex Fraser’s cables if need be. A spokesperson says that hasn’t happened yet, but a chopper is on standby in case conditions worsen.
Meanwhile TransLink has deployed staff to SkyTrain routes, and there are no reports of delays on the tracks.
However, it’s a different story for the buses. As of 5:20 p.m., the following bus routes are currently experiencing delays or re-routes:
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For the second night in a row, the City of Vancouver is opening extra “warming centres” as many of its permanent and temporary shelters hit capacity.
The city says more than 50 people made use of the centres, which were implemented by keeping the Creekside and Britannia community centres open overnight and providing hot coffee and water.
The two centres will be staffed and open overnight again tonight, and a third warming centre will be open at the West End Community Centre as well.
No cots will be provided at the locations, but people with their own bedding may sleep there.
Yellow Cab has also offered to transport people in need to the warming shelters for free.
The city says people looking for shelter spaces can also call #2-1-1, but warns with the cold weather many are full and turning people away.