B.C. South Coast Snowstorms Paralyze Traffic for Hours


The first major blizzard to hit the South Coast of British Columbia paralyzed traffic, cut power to thousands of homes and even affected Vancouver International Airport when a plane skidded off the runway. .

Snow and freezing temperatures have turned many roads and bridges in Metro Vancouver into ice sheets, making getting around Tuesday night an hour-long ordeal.

Teams worked through the night to restore power in many areas, including hard-hit areas of Vancouver Island and the Bay Islands, where BC Hydro said nearly 16,000 customers remained in the dark by morning. shining.

An additional 5,000 homes and businesses lost power across Metro Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, but a statement from BC Hydro said power has been restored to more than 30,000 customers since the storm began.

At Vancouver International Airport, officials are appealing for patience after an EVA Air flight skidded off the runway on landing Tuesday night and remained stranded on the grass next to the north runway.

No one was injured and the passengers were safely ejected, but the northern runway was closed, causing delays and cancellations as all takeoffs and landings were diverted to the southern runway. .

Rain replaced snow on most of the south coast by morning, and snowfall warnings were lifted for Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver as temperatures rose above freezing.

Environment Canada warned that frigid conditions will return overnight, potentially creating more slippery conditions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 30, 2022.

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