Picture: Environment Canada
UPDATE: 3: 25 p.m.
BC Ferries has actually cancelled all sailings on the B.C. Coast as a cyclone force wind warning has been released by Environment Canada.
All cruisings out of Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay, Duke Point, Gulf Islands, Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay as well as Langdale and Powell River on the Sunshine Coast are cancelled till more notice.
UPDATE 12: 58 p.m.
BC Ferries has cancelled all sailings in between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
A tweet by the business indicates, “considering the reports and the wind already at the terminals, it is best that we cancel beforehand for the security of all travelers and crew, and to enable those time to make alternate plans for travel.”
The cancellations are because of high winds which are anticipated to get later on this afternoon into tonight.
UPDATE: 10: 45 a.m.
An effective snow storm that swept across southern British Columbia early Wednesday prompted a provincial government advisory caution drivers to remain off numerous roads.
The advisory covered four Vancouver Island highways including Highway 1 between Nanaimo and Victoria. It was provided shortly after an area of Highway 1 simply east of Vancouver was also closed due to the fact that of blowing snow and treacherous conditions.
” Due to the fact that of extreme winter season weather condition, motorists are encouraged to avoid all but important travel throughout the City Vancouver area today, consisting of the Fraser Valley,” said the advisory from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
An area of Highway 99, the Sea to Sky Highway north of Vancouver, was also shut down for several hours due to a lorry event in icy and blustery conditions not long after Environment Canada published a rare blizzard warning for the Howe Sound region, that includes that route.
Every public school and post-secondary organization from the eastern Fraser Valley to Victoria and Nanaimo was shuttered as the storm dumped at least 25 centimetres of snow in many locations, with the weather office requiring more snow.
Hardy Lower Mainland commuters who decided to depend on public transit faced lengthy waits and those who reached SkyTrain stations were encouraged by attendants to return house.
Extreme cold, winter season storm or snowfall cautions were in impact for all but a handful of regions from British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories all the way to northern Manitoba.
— The Canadian Press
UPDATE: 8: 35 a.m.
An effective snowstorm that has closed part of Highway 1 east of Vancouver, shuttered every public school and university across southern Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver, has actually now resulted in an unusual blizzard warning.
Environment Canada provided the warning for the Howe Sound location early Wednesday, stating gusty winds, blowing snow and near-zero visibility are expected or occurring.
The blizzard warning comes as more than 25 centimetres of snow blanketed Greater Victoria and parts of eastern Vancouver Island overnight, with more expected, while a minimum of 15 centimetres fell across City Vancouver.
Treacherous conditions forced officials to close an area of Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley early Wednesday while snow and ice have likewise played havoc with transit services across the Lower Mainland.
Severe cold, winter season storm or snowfall cautions are in impact for all but a handful of areas from British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories all the method to northern Manitoba.
Bitterly cold Arctic air has actually skidded southward across Western Canada bring wind chill worths in Prairie provinces that are at or listed below -50 C, while wind chill values in B.C.’s Interior are around -40
Victoria, City Vancouver and much of B.C.’s inner south coast will likewise be damaged by strong winds over the next 24 hours, as wind warnings are posted and forecasters say gusts of approximately 90 km/h have potential to lower trees and trigger power outages.
UPGRADE 8: 27 a.m.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has actually issued a travel advisory for City Vancouver, including the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island Wednesday morning.
” Since of extreme winter weather condition, motorists are recommended to avoid all but necessary travel throughout the Metro Vancouver area today, consisting of the Fraser Valley.
A travel advisory also applies to Vancouver Island on Highway 1 from Nanaimo south to Victoria, in addition to Highways 14, 17 and 18.”
Constant snow, high winds and cold temperatures are triggering bad roadway conditions. If you do not definitely have to travel you are encouraged not to. If you need to travel you are advised to utilize severe caution and drive to the conditions. The ministry advises visitors to expect winter conditions for the rest of the week.
UPDATE 7: 45 a.m.
The Trans Canada Highway has now been closed between Sumas way and Hunter Creek due to degrading weather, detours are available via Hwy 7, Hwy 9, and Hwy11 DriveBC will release an update at 11: 00 a.m.
ORIGINAL 6: 44 a.m.
City Vancouver and the South Coast are getting a taste of old man winter Wednesday early morning.
DriveBC has actually issued a travel advisory for the Trans Canada Highway– travel is not advised unless absolutely necessary in between Lickman and Whatcom due to restricted presence and slippery conditions. Compact snow, slush, slippery areas and restricted visibility due to heavy snowfall producing really poor conditions.
Most school districts in Metro Vancouver have actually also cancelled classes for today.
— J Snorlax (@sutantoj) January 15, 2020