Image: Environment Canada
UPDATE: 3: 25 p.m.
BC Ferries has cancelled all cruisings on the B.C. Coast as a cyclone force wind caution has been issued by Environment Canada.
All sailings out of Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay, Duke Point, Gulf Islands, Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay in addition to Langdale and Powell River on the Sunlight Coast are cancelled up until more notification.
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 suggests, “considering the reports and the wind currently at the terminals, it is best that we cancel ahead of time for the security of all guests and crew, and to enable those time to make alternate prepare for travel.”
The cancellations are because of high winds which are anticipated to get later this afternoon into tonight.
UPDATE: 10: 45 a.m.
An effective snow storm that swept throughout southern British Columbia early Wednesday prompted a provincial government advisory warning vehicle drivers to remain off numerous roads.
The advisory covered 4 Vancouver Island highways consisting of Highway 1 between Nanaimo and Victoria. It was issued soon after an area of Highway 1 just east of Vancouver was likewise closed due to the fact that of blowing snow and treacherous conditions.
” Since of severe winter weather, vehicle drivers are recommended to avoid all however vital travel throughout the City Vancouver region today, consisting of the Fraser Valley,” said the advisory from the Ministry of Transport 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 vehicle event in icy and blustery conditions not long after Environment Canada published an uncommon blizzard caution for the Howe Noise area, that includes that path.
Every public school and post-secondary organization from the eastern Fraser Valley to Victoria and Nanaimo was shuttered as the storm disposed at least 25 centimetres of snow in numerous locations, with the weather office calling for more snow.
Hardy Lower Mainland commuters who decided to rely on public transit dealt with prolonged waits and those who reached SkyTrain stations were recommended by attendants to return home.
Extreme cold, winter season storm or snowfall warnings were in impact for all however 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 actually closed part of Highway 1 east of Vancouver, shuttered every public school and university across southern Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver, has now caused an unusual blizzard warning.
Environment Canada released the warning for the Howe Sound location early Wednesday, stating gusty winds, blowing snow and near-zero presence are anticipated or taking place.
The blizzard caution comes as more than 25 centimetres of snow blanketed Greater Victoria and parts of eastern Vancouver Island overnight, with more expected, while at least 15 centimetres fell throughout City Vancouver.
Treacherous conditions forced authorities 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 effect for all but a handful of regions from British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories all the way to northern Manitoba.
Ice-cold Arctic air has actually skidded southward throughout Western Canada bring wind chill values in Grassy field provinces that are at or below -50 C, while wind chill worths 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 cautions are posted and forecasters state gusts of as much as 90 km/h have prospective to lower trees and trigger power outages.
UPGRADE 8: 27 a.m.
The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has provided a travel advisory for City Vancouver, including the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island Wednesday morning.
” Due to the fact that of severe winter weather, motorists are advised to prevent all but necessary travel throughout the City Vancouver area today, consisting of the Fraser Valley.
A travel advisory likewise applies to Vancouver Island on Highway 1 from Nanaimo south to Victoria, along with Highways 14, 17 and 18.”
Consistent snow, high winds and cold temperatures are triggering bad roadway conditions. If you do not absolutely have to travel you are advised not to. If you should travel you are encouraged to use extreme caution and drive to the conditions. The ministry recommends tourists to expect winter season conditions for the rest of the week.
UPDATE 7: 45 a.m.
The Trans Canada Highway has now been closed in between Sumas method and Hunter Creek due to weakening weather conditions, detours are available via Hwy 7, Hwy 9, and Hwy11 DriveBC will provide an upgrade at 11: 00 a.m.
ORIGINAL 6: 44 a.m.
City Vancouver and the South Coast are getting a taste of old guy winter season Wednesday early morning.
DriveBC has issued a travel advisory for the Trans Canada Highway– travel is not recommended unless absolutely needed between Lickman and Whatcom due to limited exposure and slippery conditions. Compact snow, slush, slippery areas and limited presence due to heavy snowfall producing very poor conditions.
The majority of school districts in Metro Vancouver have likewise cancelled classes for today as well.
— J Snorlax (@sutantoj) January 15, 2020