Double snowfall forecast before BC
British Columbia’s south coast is recovering from a massive blizzard much worse than initially forecast.
Environment Canada has said Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will receive 10 to 15 centimeters of snow between Monday night and Tuesday morning, but some areas end up getting twice as much snow.
The severe winter storm created dangerous driving conditions, leading to accidents on most major roads during morning commutes.
Most of the provinces are under warnings of snowfall, arctic currents or winter storms.
“A low-pressure system made landfall in Washington State last night. The front involved is sweeping across the southern part of British Columbia, creating another heavy snowfall that begins Monday night,” Environment Canada wrote.
Snow is expected to decrease in the afternoon, but another 5 to 10 centimeters is expected between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning near parts of the Strait of Georgia, from Victoria to Qualicum Bay and near Sechelt.
Environment Canada wrote: “Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.
It warned that visibility could suddenly drop to near zero at times of heavy snowfall and blowing.
“There can be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. If visibility is limited while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe distance afterwards,” the agency added.
Several roads across the Lower Mainland were closed on Tuesday morning as drivers struggled to navigate in the slippery conditions.
The Richmond RCMP is reminding drivers to clear snow from their vehicles before heading out.
It stopped 100 vehicles in three hours for failing to do so.
“Richmond’s RCMP Road Safety Unit reminds drivers of the dangers of driving with impaired visibility. If you must be on the road, give yourself some extra time and clear the snow,” the squad wrote on Twitter.