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Crews keep watch over Lower Mainland bridges, highways at risk of closures due to weather

Last Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 9:03 am PDT

Tire tracks left in some slush (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Roads aren't quite as severe as they were on Wednesday, but drivers are being cautioned over slick, slushy conditions

The province has warned of possible bridge and highway closures due to weather

TransLink is also warning transit could take longer than usual

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The roads are still slushy, with cars slipping and sliding in many parts of the Lower Mainland, but there’s no question major routes are in much better shape in places like Metro Vancouver than they were on Wednesday.

The best evidence of that so far is the fact drivers largely are in control of their vehicles. However, as you push out to the Fraser Valley, the conditions are worse in some areas.

The region was hit hard by blowing snow on Wednesday, which created whiteout conditions along Highway 1 that were so severe a portion of the major road was shut down for several hours.

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

Thursday, they urged continued caution, saying drivers should be prepared for tricky conditions.

“All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and drive according to weather and road conditions, slowing down when they encounter bad weather or limited visibility,” says a statement.

Meanwhile, TransLink is also warning transit could take longer than usual, after the system saw a chaotic Wednesday plagued by delays, snow and ice-related issues on SkyTrain and roads, and buses unable to make it through the snow in much of Metro Vancouver.

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-With files from Kathryn Tindale