VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A snowfall warning is in place for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley with five to 15 centimeters expected Tuesday night.
NEWS 1130’s Meteorologist Michael Kuss says cold air is mixing in from the interior leading to lingering flurries.
“There’s so much cold air mixing in there, so it won’t take a lot of moisture to create two to three centimeters of snow. We might only have three to four millimeters of water and that gives you 10 to 12 centimeters of snow,” he says.
S snowfall warning has now been issued for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley West including Abbotsford. Snow starts this evening and lasts into the morning commute. Widespread 5-15 cm on the way. #BCSnow pic.twitter.com/kWgtpFBbNG
— Michael Kuss (@Kusswx) January 14, 2020
It has been a messy commute with snow falling around Metro Vancouver, and reports of slushy and icy conditions Tuesday.
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Kuss says the weather will continue to affect driving conditions and reduced visibility will be an issue.
“Flurries just strong enough to keep the roads slippery will last all afternoon. Heavier widespread snow rolls in this evening,” he says.
— Chad Harris (@ChadHarrisTV) January 14, 2020
With the anticipated dump, Mayor Kennedy Stewart says he’s confident the City of Vancouver is capable of managing the winter conditions.
Labour Minister Harry Bains insists road safety is a priority, but he understands why many drivers, including truckers, are frustrated by this icy cold snap.
“It’s hard to predict the weather, hard to predict Mother Nature but you learn from the previous experiences. And I think our contractors there were deployed 24/7, they [will continue] to be deployed as long as this weather continues to hit us,” he says.
“Whether it’s an avalanche control, or clearing the roads or to prepare the roads so that icy conditions can be minimized, both the ministry and road contractors are working very very hard to ensure that the roads can be safe or as they can be.”
Bains adds efforts are also being made to ensure bridge or road closures are quickly reported, so drivers are well-informed before hitting the road.
Bains is speaking on behalf of Transportation Minister Claire Trevena who’s not available this week as she’s on vacation.