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Flurries problem commutes throughout Metro Vancouver, after extra snow hits Vancouver Island

Flurries problem commutes throughout Metro Vancouver, after extra snow hits Vancouver Island

BCIT says its campuses are closed Monday night time as shifting flurries of snow create difficult journey circumstances.

Surroundings Canada issued a particular climate assertion throughout Metro Vancouver saying snowfall quantities shall be extremely variable by location relying on elevation and the way shut they’re to the coast with most locations receiving between two to 4 centimetres whereas others might obtain 10 centimetres.

The post-secondary establishment says night in-person courses and exams in any respect its campuses are cancelled. 

The climate company says a small scale low-pressure system close to Vancouver Island is inflicting the bands of flurries to cross into the Metro Vancouver space in a single day and into Tuesday morning. 

The particular climate assertion is in impact from Langley to West Vancouver.

A cyclist in an orange coat navigates through the snow on an unplowed street.
A bike owner navigates via the snow on an unplowed road on Dec. 23, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Monday morning, snowfall warnings had been issued for the Malahat Freeway close to Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands and the jap coast of the Island. Alerts stay in place into the afternoon, and Surroundings Canada mentioned it expects between 10 and 15 centimetres.

“An space of low strain over the Pacific Ocean will produce an intense band of snow over southern Vancouver Island,” an advisory learn. “The snow will start [Monday] morning and proceed till Tuesday morning.”

Travellers on the Malahat Freeway are warned to drive rigorously.

An announcement from the provincial authorities issued Monday reminded drivers to keep away from pointless journey throughout poor climate. It additionally mentioned drivers ought to bear in mind that provincial bridges and highways could also be closed on quick discover as a result of security considerations.

Drivers are reminded to keep away from all pointless journey when climate circumstances are poor

Flurries comply with weekend frost

The contemporary snow comes after elements of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast acquired as much as 40 centimetres on Saturday into Sunday. 

On the mainland, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley acquired between 10 and 25 centimetres, whereas northern B.C. and the central Inside noticed as much as round 30 centimetres in some areas.

A number of municipalities broke every day snowfall information on Sunday, Surroundings Canada mentioned. 

Abbotsford noticed 19.3 centimetres, greater than tripling the outdated document of 6.6 set in 1956. Kamloops noticed 11 centimetres, breaking the document of 8.4 from 1974.

Williams Lake broke its 2011 document of 6.6 centimetres with 11.2 falling on Sunday.

Climate warnings outdoors of the Island had lifted by Monday.

“We had a system method from the Gulf of Alaska [that] slid all the best way down the coast, giving us numerous heavy snowfall,” mentioned Bobby Sekhon, a meteorologist with Surroundings Canada.

Sekhon mentioned temperatures on B.C.’s South Coast and Vancouver Island had been anticipated to rise Sunday however dip again under freezing at night time, which might trigger a freeze-thaw cycle and occasional flurries. He mentioned this might result in slippery street circumstances.

Site visitors at Vancouver Worldwide Airport was again to “98 per cent of standard operations” on Monday after the snow led to a whole lot of cancellations over the weekend, a spokesperson mentioned. 13 flights had been cancelled Monday, “largely due to different cities being impacted.”