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Melting mode: After a frozen week, rain means everything is wet and slushy

Last Updated Feb 15, 2019 at 9:03 am PDT


Main roads are mainly clear, but side streets are slippery and slushy

LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS 1130) – You’re probably sick of cold wet commutes. While the roads are mostly clean and clear there are still a few issues out there.

You might not need winter tires to get around the main routes today, as most of the snow has been cleared off of those roads. But if your route includes any significant number of side streets, be wary. All this rain has left them slippery and slushy.

There’s pooling water on some low-lying spots — Highway 99 is one area where you want to be careful about hydroplaning.

If you’re taking transit today, the walk to the bus or SkyTrain will be wet. Best opt for waterproof, grippy footwear if you have anywhere to walk this morning.

Keep in mind, the Expo and Millennium Lines are still running at reduced frequency. TransLink says they need to staff the trains to keep an eye out for problems on the tracks.

A disappointing number of sidewalks still have days-old snow still built up.

At Hastings and Holdom in Burnaby, for example, some sidewalks looks completely impassable early Friday morning.