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Snowfall warnings end, but icy roads could make for messy morning commute

Last Updated Feb 13, 2019 at 5:03 am PDT

(Kurtis Doering, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Wednesday morning may see icy roads

Police say drivers should be cautious behind the wheel

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Snowfall warnings across the Lower Mainland have ended, but you may still be in for some slick conditions on the road Wednesday morning.

That means drivers should continue to be cautious behind the wheel, as the morning commute could be messy.

All this rough winter weather has also meant problems for transit buses. TransLink’s Jill Drews says a few have been stranded downtown.

“We did see a lot of trolley buses get stuck on main routes, like the 20 and the nine, some of the stuff downtown going uphill,” she said. “So we will see some abandoned or stuck coaches there, but we hope to get them moving soon.”

Drews says transit users should check the status of their route online before heading out. She’s asking everybody to have some patience as they get everything back up to speed.

NEWS 1130 received multiple reports of buses get stuck throughout the Lower Mainland on Tuesday. At Davie and Granville Strets around 8:30 p.m., multiple buses were stuck, causing delays.

Sgt. Judy Bird with Abbotsford Police says some spots will be worse than others.

“Where you have areas such as trees, bridges, or areas that get more shade, those will be icier locations,” she says. “So we do remind you that even if the road looks okay in the morning to slow down, you won’t be able to see the black ice.”

Some people on the road in Abbotsford say the ice is already there.

Jim called into NEWS 1130 on Tuesday evening. He said it was icy on Highway 1 near Whatcom.

“We got off before the Sumas exit, we were heading westbound, and we got off because it was so icy,” he told NEWS 1130.

Sgt. Bird has one piece of advice: slow down! “If it’s icy or snowy on the road, go at the speed that you’re comfortable driving, in the weather conditions that are occurring at the time.”

She says drivers need to adapt to the road.

Jannika called in with similar issues on Highway 1. She told NEWS 1130: “It looks perfectly fine but as soon as you touch the brakes, it’s one sheet of ice.”

Police in many areas say if you don’t need to be on the roads tonight or tomorrow morning, just stay home.