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STORM CENTRE: High winds, more snow, and warnings to drivers

Last Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 4:27 am PDT

Summary

The province warns of possible closures of bridges and highways as a precautionary measure due to weather

High winds and snow are expected into tomorrow

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Thousands of people are without power across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, as strong winds down power lines.

According to BC Hydro, there are a number of issues affecting customers, including in areas like West Vancouver and Burnaby.

Customers on Vancouver Island were also left to deal with outages, with impacted areas including Saanich and Sechelt.

Highways and bridges

Lower Mainland drivers have been cautioned to prepare for delays and closures from the Ministry of Transportation.

The province warns of possible closures of bridges and highways as a precautionary measure due to weather.


Strong winds are in the forecast for Wednesday with five to 10 centimetres of snow expected to fall.


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BC Hydro says they are prepared with crews on call to respond to any outages.

Mountains

Local mountains were forced to close early because of inclement weather.

Both Mount Seymour and Grouse Mountain posted earlier closures Wednesday afternoon.

TransLink

Those who are relying on the SkyTrain or buses across the region should be prepared for delays.

The Canada Line experienced some delays Wednesday evening, with trains stopped and held for several minutes due to a track issue.

TransLink is also reminding riders to expect some delays along bus routes and SkyTrains because of the built-up snow.

 

BC Ferries

BC Ferries cancelled all major sailing routes to Vancouver Island Wednesday afternoon due to high winds.

All sailings out of Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay have been cancelled after 3 p.m. because of the weather. Sailings out of Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay are also cancelled after 3:20.

You can also follow meteorologists Russ Lacate and Michael Kuss on Twitter for the latest on the weather conditions. Catch their reports every 10 minutes after traffic.