More snow and cold temperatures for Metro Vancouver, Environment Canada says
Environment Canada forecasts more snowfall today (January 16) and continued cold temperatures over the next several days for Metro Vancouver.
The national weather service has issued a snowfall warning for the region and predicts a mix of flurries and rain between today and Sunday.
“Metro Vancouver mainly over the southern sections can expect 5 to 10 cm [of snow] through the evening,” Environment Canada said on its website today.
“Ten centimetres of snow has fallen across the Fraser Valley this morning and as the Pacific system moves in this afternoon an additional 10 cm is expected through the evening.”
Temperatures are expected to range from a high of 4 C to a low of -6 C this week.
Falling snow and traffic disruptions greeted commuters heading into Vancouver this morning.
In one incident, a bus came to a sideways stop across the southbound lanes of the Granville Street Bridge.
Traffic was blocked until the bus was cleared shortly after 9 a.m.
TransLink is warning riders of disruptions to bus service across Metro Vancouver with the icy roads and traffic problems.
In a news release this morning, TransLink cautioned commuters to prepare for unusually long waits between buses.
Bus riders are also advised to dress warmly in case there are delays or services are unexpectedly rerouted.
In Vancouver, bus delays have been a notable problem around 16th Avenue and Oak Street.
HandyDart service has been disrupted and it is being run at a “reduced service” level, TransLink said.
TransLink said “miscellaneous” HandyDart trips have been cancelled. But trips for renal dialysis, cancer treatment, medical visits, and work are still being provided.
The SkyTrain was operating normally this morning with officials monitoring for potential snow-related problems.
The SeaBus and West Coast Express were also operating normally this morning.