Freezing rain makes roads treacherous on B.C. South Coast
Warning issued for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, the Island, and the Sunshine Coast
Winter weather conditions have created some icy road conditions across the South Coast of B.C. and drivers are being warned to use extreme caution.
While heavy snow is forecast for sections of central and northern B.C. later today, Environment Canada said freezing drizzle is expected Tuesday morning across southwest regions including Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Driving instructor Ron Wilson says driving too fast and too close to other vehicles leads to more accidents in icy conditions.
"By backing off the speed a little bit, you're getting better traction. Not only that, but it can take you up to 12 times as long to stop the vehicle on a slippery road like this, so you want to increase that following distance."
Murray Wightman, the City of Vancouver's street operations manager, says crews have been out salting and brining roads all week. The priorities are bus and hospital routes, areas around schools with a lot of special needs students and 15 heavily-used bicycle lanes.
Stay off lakes and ponds
Despite the cold and ice, the vice chair of the Vancouver Park Board Aaron Jasper says ponds and lakes are not safe places to skate or walk yet.
"On average the ice thickness is three inches. For it to be safe to go out on it has to be at least five inches. So we are warning people to stay off that."
Jasper says park rangers and lifeguards are out patrolling the popular lakes in Vancouver to warn people to stay off the ice.
"Watch your dogs, watch your children and we are also putting up signs all around, especially in the Trout Lake area and the Lost Lagoon area."
On Monday a three-year-old Mission boy followed his dog out onto a frozen pond and both fell through the ice.
The boy was in the water for about five minutes before his mother managed to pull him out.
Emergency responders managed to revive the boy and he was airlifted to hospital, but details of his condition have not been released. The dog did not survive.