METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Tuesday’s commute may have be even uglier than the one on Monday with snow coming down across the region.
The snow quickly becomes slush on the roads, making for some white-knuckle driving most of the way and possibly creating a domino effect on the transit system.
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Teams of plows are seen on the roads but are mostly playing catch-up. Lane markers are covered, so following your lane is difficult on many roads.
There have been reports of some crashes and spun-out vehicles along some of the major highways, with limited visibility making things more difficult.
This is Richmond, but it’s like this all over the region right now. Slushy snow on the roads, and plows trying to keep up with the new accumulation @NEWS1130 @NEWS1130Traffic #bcstorm pic.twitter.com/lgDwOISqPw
— Kurtis Doering (@KDnewsguy) February 12, 2019
Some drivers are seen with their back windows totally obscured by snow, which carries a $109 fine.
Meanwhile, TransLink is asking commuters to leave extra early, dress warmly, and be prepared for delays and service disruptions. Expo and Millennium lines are said to be running regularly but with reduced frequency.
No issues have been reported for the Canada Line.
#SkyTrain Expo and Millennium Lines are running regularly but with a reduced frequency due to the need to have staff on each train to watch for weather-related problems on the tracks. Please be prepared for longer waits and more crowded trains and platforms. ^CK
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) February 12, 2019
TransLink has reported half-hour delays on the 10 Granville/Downtown bus as well as 15-minute delays on the 25 UBC/Brentwood bus.
Some of the 60-foot buses were also swapped for smaller 40-foot buses due to the weather, including the 143 SFU/Burquitlam and 145 SFU Production Way Station.
The 14 UBC/Hastings bus was also experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes.
Route detours for some of the buses are also in effect due to road conditions.
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“I just leave extra early and know that I might be able to get there,” said one commuter at Scott Road SkyTrain Station Tuesday morning. “I might not be able to get here but with Twitter and the internet, our employers know that we’re stuck.”
Other commuters said they don’t feel confident with their all-season tires and would rather brace long waits than brave the highway.
“I think it’s safer in a sense, I don’t have to worry about other vehicles on the road. You know not everyone is really careful when they’re driving,” said another commuter waiting to board the train.
YVR is reporting some flight delays and cancellations on its website.
Helijet cancelled its first few round trips between Vancouver and Victoria, as well as to Nanaimo.
YVR WEATHER UPDATE: It continues to snow at YVR. Our crews are ready to help get you on your way safely. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and check the status of your flight before you leave! pic.twitter.com/vNVaiKYWrc
— Vancouver Airport (@yvrairport) February 12, 2019
Despite some travellers at YVR experiencing long lineups on Monday due to a lack of security staff at the airport, staff say things are running smoothly so far.