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Snowfall warning: Up to 10 cm expected in parts of Lower Mainland

Last Updated Feb 22, 2019 at 11:38 am PDT

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Five to 10 centimetres of snow expected in parts of Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley

Expect delays on SkyTrain, with TransLink staffing trains to watch for issues on the tracks

LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS 1130) – Another dump of snow has been coming down in many parts of the Lower Mainland.

Light, wet flurries started falling early this morning and have intensified around the tail-end of the morning commute.

NEWS 1130 meteorologist Michael Kuss says the snowfall should end in time for the drive home from work.

“The snow is going to ease off as the cold front passes. But in advance of that front, we’ve seen some snow ramping up through the late morning. Potential accumulations are five to 10 centimetres in the area.”

“The heaviest amounts will be in a swath from West Vancouver, across the Tri-Cities, northern parts of Burnaby, and out into the western Valley,” he added.

Crews closed down a northbound lane on the Alex Fraser Bridge for awhile during the morning rush to allow them to spray de-icer on the upper parts of the span. Traffic was backed up on Highway 91 and all the feeder routes.

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Crews with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are also working to prevent any “ice bombs” from falling on cars using the Alex Fraser and Port Mann Bridges.

“Rest assured that if there’s a requirement to do it, we will have staff there, monitoring and be prepared to drop those collars, should it be warranted,” said Ed Miska with the ministry.

He says it is possible, if we get wet, sticky snow and above-freezing temperatures.

The collars were dropped last week on the Alex Fraser Bridge, during more severe snowfall.

“These collars that are up near the top, those are released one at a time, when appropriate. As those descend the cables due to gravity, they knock the snow off,” he explained.