METRO VANCOUVER – A snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver has ended.
The warning, issued by Environment Canada Sunday evening, came to an end shortly after 6 a.m. this morning. It had predicted 5 cm of snow for higher elevations of Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and northern sections of East Vancouver Island overnight Sunday and throughout this morning.
At around 6 a.m., the snow had not materialized across most of the region. It’s currently 3 degrees Celsius and raining in downtown Vancouver.
Snow is falling at higher elevations. Drive BC’s webcams positioned along the Sea to Sky Highway show heavy snowfall at Alice Lake, Furry Creek, and Function Junction, though no travel alerts are currently in effect for the route.
The weather warning predicted strong winds associated with the system to develop over north and central coastal regions, with southeasterly winds of 90 to 110 km/h being experienced over the exposed coastal sections of the north/central coast and North Vancouver Island. The system was expected to cause southeasterly winds 70 to 90 km/h to Greater Victoria, west and east Vancouver Island, and the Sunshine Coast overnight.
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TransLink spokesman Drew Snider said the transport agency had taken special precautions because of the warning to ensure timely transit, including spreading de-icing agents over trolley heads and making sure that all SkyTrain switches were working properly. Despite the lack of the snow in city, he warned people to be prepared in case temperatures dropped throughout the day, bringing a midday snow.
“This is just a reminder that there may still be some transit issues throughout the day and customers should be prepared for those, dress warmly, expect some delays and exercise patience,” he said in an email.
“People should remember there are areas that could be hit more than others-like UBC, SFU Burnaby mountain . . . any higher elevation area such as the North Shore, or Capital hill in Burnaby, Heritage Mountain . . . All those areas there we generally have problems getting up and down those hills if there is a weather problem. So people should just be aware that they should be dressed for the elements, wear proper footwear and expect there could be some pass-ups between buses, longer than usual waiting times between buses and SkyTrains and a lot of people out there on the system.”
According to Environment Canada’s forecast, it’s currently 4 degrees Celsius and raining at YVR airport. The temperature is expected to climb to a high of 8 degrees above freezing.