Icy roads were likely to blame for a nasty accident in Langley this morning, which sent five people to area hospitals, including one severely injured person who had to be airlifted.

The traffic chaos brought into stark relief snow-clearing plans municipalities in the Lower Mainland have put into place after a week of cold temperatures finally gave way to snow.

As the snow began to stick to city streets, Vancouver has made it a priority to keep some bus routes, hospitals, schools and bike lanes clear and accessible.

Fourteen salting trucks were out on the city's major bus routes, while two trucks were dedicated to 15 city bike lanes. Spraying the streets with salt brine has been going on for days, ever since temperatures dropped last week.