The snow will keep on falling.
A snowfall warning remains in place for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Global BC meteorologist Michael Kuss says snowfall is expected to start as we enter the late evening hours.
“Another round of snow is on the way for overnight. Starting after midnight we could see another 2 to 5 centimeters around Metro Vancouver by the morning commute, and another 2 to 5 centimeters expected through the morning and into the early afternoon on Monday. Temperatures will hover from -2 to 0 degrees.”
Kuss says the forecast on Monday could be ugly.
“We are looking at a potentially treacherous commute… If you’re making plans for your morning commute, give yourself some extra time.”
As temperatures continue to dip, roadways may have experienced some freezing of existing snowfall, so ice may also become an issue.
Snow tires going fast
On the heels of a second round of snow this weekend, tires are flying off the shelves.
Advisor Ryan Nestman with Canadian Tire says sales this weekend have doubled compared to this time last year.
He says a lot of people didn’t expect more snow over the past two days.
“This time of year in February, generally when there’s no snow it’s pretty quiet, we’re taking maybe 10, 15 customers, now we’ve probably doubled that.”
Nestman says a lot of people still have all-season tires and are now asking for snow tires.
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The most popular brands are Michelin, Continental and Goodyears, and he says they only have a limited selection left.
ICBC claim calls skyrocket
With the snowfall warning now in effect, ICBC is warning drivers to prepare for the road conditions.
Spokesman Sam Corea says over the weekend, ICBC’s 24/7 dial a claim service received well above average call volume.
Corea says on Friday and Saturday, there were over 7,400 claim calls.
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He says it’s important to adjust driving conditions to the winter weather.
“Plenty of distance between vehicles, and leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. A lot of times folks may be only allowing the same amount of time to get there, then they find themselves being caught somewhere and then tend to rush – and when you rush in these kind of conditions, we see crashes.”
Corea says the bulk of the calls coming into the Dial-a-Claim are from the lower mainland.
He also says snow tires are not mandatory in B.C., but if you do get into an accident, but it could impact your claim assessment to be without them.
Some school districts have canceled classes for Monday February 6:
- Mission School District
- Abbotsford School District
- Langley School District
- Chilliwack School District
- Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District
- Fraser-Cascade School District
- Daytime and evening classes cancelled at all University of the Fraser Valley campuses
Some independent schools will also be closed Monday:
- Langley Montessori School
- Fraser Valley Elementary School
- Willowbrook Montessori Daycare
- The King’s School
- Voyageurs School
- William of Orange Christian School in Surrey
- Credo Christian Elementary School in Langley
Global Montessori in Langley
- Mediated Learning Academy
- Lions Gate Christian Academy
- Burnaby Montessori
Reports of ice bombs, Alex Fraser Bridge Closed
A woman calling in to AM730 Traffic said ice bombs were falling from the Alex Fraser Bridge.
“Just drove over the Alex Fraser bridge going southbound, and there is sheets coming off the lines on the, the lines on the bridge and actually smashing down on to the, where you drive and actually just missed my husband’s that is in front of me. so potentially hitting cars, sheets of ice on the Alex Fraser Bridge.”
The bridge closed for about an hour Sunday evening, but re-opened after at 6pm.