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By water and by air: Storm-impacts on your travel plans

Last Updated Jan 15, 2020 at 7:20 am PDT

(Riley Phillips for NEWS 1130)
Summary

Check schedules before heading out to catch a flight or ferry today; snow, wind is causing some delays, cancellations

BC Ferries says wind is the major problem for boats

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you’re catching a flight out of the Lower Mainland today, make sure you check the schedule before you go.

A number of flight cancellations and delays are being reported at both Vancouver International Airport and Abbotsford International Airport through the morning. This comes as the Lower Mainland is hit by more snow, snarling traffic and even creating whiteout conditions in some parts of the Fraser Valley.

The snow itself may not be the biggest issue for BC Ferries, however, it could prove to be a challenge for anyone trying to get to its terminals.

Boats will sail even with all the flurries, but Deborah Marshall says it’s the wind BC Ferries is keeping an eye on.

“It can be extremely uncomfortable for our passengers in the rough weather,” she says. “Also, there is challenges docking and un-docking at our terminals, you can cause damage to either a vessel or a berthing structure.”

Wednesday’s storm comes after a number of bad days for marine travellers. Cancellations throughout last weekend left travellers stranded until Monday, when more sailings were added to relieve the pressure.

“But unfortunately there was a very serious motor vehicle accident on the Tsawwassen Causeway [on Tuesday], and there was single-lane traffic for a period of time, so that did cause some backups and delays with our vessels.”

A number of sailings have already been cancelled, and with a wind warning in place, it’s expected more service could be disrupted.