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Enjoy the sunny break, more snow on the way for Metro Vancouver

Last Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 10:48 pm PDT

A woman walks across a snowy street in Vancouver on Jan. 15, 2020. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 photo)
Summary

While some areas have seen sunny breaks, others have been experiencing brief whiteout conditions

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Michael Kuss says another five centimetres of snow is on the way

ICBC's road safety coordinator says the latest cold snap has been keeping dial-a-claim operators busy

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Don’t be fooled by melting snow, as stormy weather continues to make any kind of travel risky in parts of the Lower Mainland.

While some areas have seen sunny breaks, others have been experiencing brief whiteout conditions. Regardless of where you are, everyone is being asked to watch out for more snow.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Michael Kuss says another five centimetres of snow is on the way for the East Metro Vancouver region and the Fraser Valley.


“We’ve had some spotty flurries already through the day today and we will get a little more of that into the evening. But there’s a wave that could be a little more widespread for tomorrow morning,” he says, adding there will be another burst of wind too.

ICBC’s road safety coordinator says the latest cold snap has been keeping dial-a-claim operators busy.

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“In the last six days we’ve received over 18,000 calls to our dial-a-claim centres, which is a significant increase, of course,” Joanne Bergman says, adding that does not necessarily mean all of the calls were claims.

She says the majority of the latest claims have been rear-end crashes.

“What we do want to do is remind people to leave a lot of space between vehicles. It’s still slippery out there. It’s going to get a little bit icy. It’s going to get a little bit worse as we move on to the rain and the warmer temperatures,” she says.


Given the recent conditions, Bergman stresses the need to stay off the roads if possible.

The fluctuating temperatures even led to part of the Seawall at Stanley Park closing because of falling ice Thursday afternoon.

Meantime, BC Hydro says it is still dealing with a number of outages caused by Wednesday night’s storm, where at one point up to 30,000 customers were without power.

“Restoration times will depend on area and the severity of outage and safe access for crews to complete the work. We really do appreciate our customer’s patience as this repair work continues,” she says.

The outages have dropped to about 2,500 on Vancouver Island and under 1,500 in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast region.

Potential delays on bus and SkyTrain routes may still be going throughout the day.

TransLink announced one of the West Coast Express departures has been cancelled.

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