Power outages and lack of plows mark Boxing Day snowfall in Metro Vancouver
Over 3,500 customers in the Lower Mainland without power on Monday night
Another dose of snow for the Lower Mainland brought with it power outages, winds — and some wondering when snow plows would arrive in their neighbourhood.
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After a morning and afternoon of sporadic snow, Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning later Monday afternoon for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Howe Sound, warning of up to 5 cm of snow at lower levels overnight, and up to 25 cm at higher levels.
"Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop," warned Environment Canada in a statement.
No major roads were closed for any significant period of time in the region, but BC Hydro reported over 3,500 customers without power in the Lower Mainland at 9 p.m. PT, with the southern half of Shaughnessy the largest area impacted.
As day turned to night, several people on social media noted the lack of snow plows clearing streets in their neighbourhoods.
Some of the residential streets in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SurreyBC?src=hash">#SurreyBC</a> are not plowed. Cars skidding quite a bit. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bcstorm?src=hash">#bcstorm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bcsnow?src=hash">#bcsnow</a> <a href="https://t.co/j8WDuKBfia">pic.twitter.com/j8WDuKBfia</a>—@KamilKaramali
Another #25 showed up and took us the rest of the way. For that I am thankful, but I want to know why <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Vancouver?src=hash">#Vancouver</a> is never prepared for snow.—@bnicholsonCKNW
West 10th Avenue and Sasamat Street. Doesn't seem like it has been plowed in awhile. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Vancouver?src=hash">#Vancouver</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DailyHiveVan?src=hash">#DailyHiveVan</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/snow?src=hash">#snow</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/snowfall?src=hash">#snowfall</a> <a href="https://t.co/cekhikFqf7">pic.twitter.com/cekhikFqf7</a>—@iamkennethchan
Granville and 40th Has <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yvr?src=hash">#yvr</a> bet on rain and received snow. No plough in site <a href="https://t.co/l27QcbNlop">pic.twitter.com/l27QcbNlop</a>—@DrRaymondMc
1st time I've seen this since living on this street! Willingdon shutdown both directions! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YVR?src=hash">#YVR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/deserted?src=hash">#deserted</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCStorm?src=hash">#BCStorm</a> <a href="https://t.co/2dYzu5LnR5">pic.twitter.com/2dYzu5LnR5</a>—@AmySedgemore
<a href="https://twitter.com/CityofVancouver">@CityofVancouver</a> This is what happens when side streets don't get plowed and salted. Don't know how he's gonna get out. He is stuck good <a href="https://t.co/ojEOLqftuq">pic.twitter.com/ojEOLqftuq</a>—@mariacollins333