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Lower Mainland forecast calls for arctic-chill, lingering snow accumulations

Last Updated Jan 13, 2020 at 8:56 am PST

Summary

Expect the cold and snow to stick around for the next few days as arctic-like windchill temperatures linger

TransLink says there are some changes commuters need to make note of, including SkyTrain frequency and busier buses

For anyone needing to take HandyDART, TransLink says it is running essential service only

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – All that snow that fell on Sunday is apparently here to stay — for the week, at least.

Meteorologist Russ Lacate says arctic-like windchill temperatures are on the way through this week.

“The snow that has fallen is not about to melt away, like we saw at times on Friday, and even throughout the course of the weekend,” Russ says. “We kept seeing that strong, onshore breeze from the west, northwest, bringing us some marine air. There were, at times, when temperatures went way above zero and we had some melting. This time around, the snow that’s fallen overnight, it’s sticking around for the long haul.”

Monday’s high is expected to barely get up to -1, but the forecast does call for some sunny breaks and wind. Russ says flurries will taper off later in the day.

“Tonight’s low is about -10, the windchill 15 to 20 below, Tuesday windy — sunny breaks, and about -5 for a high tomorrow,” he adds.

With all that cold weather comes the risk of ice on the roads. Many callers to NEWS 1130 are reporting dangerous road conditions across the Lower Mainland, with many areas seeing thick sheets of ice and hardened snow.

For anyone wanting to forego their car and take public transit instead, TransLink says its system is operating, save for a few adjustments.

“SkyTrain launched largely as per normal,” TransLink’s Ben Murphy says, adding there were some issues with doors being iced shut. “Which has caused a couple of gaps, so, particularly around Surrey, people might be waiting a little longer at stations for SkyTrain, but it is still running.”

He notes the system is seeing some heavy passenger loads in parts of the region, as more drivers get out of their cars and into buses.

“So people do need to build in that little bit of extra travel time,” Murphy says.

Meanwhile, four-car trains are running on the Millennium Line today instead of two-car trains, meaning some longer wait times — but double the capacity.

“Station attendants are working to ensure that doors aren’t icy and they’ll be at the front of trains as well monitoring those guideways,” Murphy tells NEWS 1130.

When it comes to the West Coast Express and SeaBus, Murphy says there’s no change to service, as of yet.

The R5 RapidBus to SFU is stopping at Hastings and Duthie, where passengers are being asked to change onto smaller buses to get up Burnaby Mountain.

HandyDART

For anyone needing to take HandyDART, Murphy says it is running essential service only. That means only some people requiring serious medical treatments will be picked up, for the time being.

“They’re doing the inspection of some of the side streets, because HandyDART, of course, is door-to-door service, and there are some dangerous conditions there,” Murphy says.

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-With files from Amanda Wawryk