A snowfall warning is in effect, and the unexpected dump is causing dangerous driving conditions on the roads.
Snow is falling heavily in Burnaby and Vancouver, and visibility is limited – causing headaches for drivers on the roads.
Environment Canada says the snow will change to rain after the morning commute.
BC Hydro crews continue to plug away, restoring power to thousands of people who lost it in the latest snow and wind storm.
Nearly 30,000 customers were without power during the peak of the outage, between seven and nine am.
Right now, that number is down to about 18,000 customers without power.
The hardest hit areas are Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey, Port Moody and Maple Ridge.
You’re reminded to use the 4-way stop procedure if you encounter disabled stop-lights.
The snowfall is also causing havoc on the Metro Vancouver transit system.
Anne Drennan says all bus service to SFU’s Burnaby campus is suspended until the roads are plowed.
Many bus routes across the region are reporting stuck buses and impassable roads.
She says there’s been several reports of buses stuck in the snow and impassible roads.
29th Avenue station is currently closed, including the bus loop due to a police incident. A tree weighted down by snow is also causing problems near 29th Avenue SkyTrain station. The tree is leaning toward the track.
Crews are in place ready to remove the tree but Expo Line has to be “powered down” while it happens. Delays could be up to 15 minutes.
Expo and Millennium lines, are operating with significant delays due to snow tripping track intrusion alarms.
“Now it’s the train system…because of the heavy amounts of snow during the launch of our service today, there are significant delays across our system. We have attendants on all of our trains now so that we can turn the track intrusion alarms off.”
She says only 45 trains are in operation right now because staff are having a hard time getting into work.
— Estefania Duran (@DuranCKNW980) December 19, 2016
West Coast Express
West Coast Express Train 1 is now moving, but is travelling at slow speeds between Port Moody and Waterfront stations due to poor weather conditions.
Service is operating normally.
Global B.C.’s Jordan Armstrong has been scoping out the conditions in Vancouver’s West End.
“It’s just changed to rain here in the West End, so it’s going to get really ugly; really slushy on the roads. This is Davie Street, and this is Cardero. There’s a hill just behind me. Cars are struggling to make it up the hill, especially smaller vehicles.”
— Jordan Armstrong (@jarmstrongbc) December 19, 2016
School closures and opening delays
UBC says the 8:30 AM exam block is cancelled for today. Staff and students are being asked to check UBC’s website for the latest on rescheduling.
As for SFU, the Burnaby and Surrey campuses will see a delayed opening, slated for noon. However, the Vancouver campus is open for the day.
Vancouver Waldorf in North Vancouver will be taking a snow day for today.
Reach for the Stars Montessori Preschool and Toddler Programs are closed today in Burnaby and Vancouver.