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Metro Vancouver could see more wet snow Tuesday night after snowfall affects morning commute

Metro Vancouver could see more wet snow Tuesday night and Wednesday after drivers across the region ran into some slippery road conditions during the morning commute.

Up to 2 cm of wet snow is expected to accumulate across Metro Vancouver Tuesday night

A pedestrian uses an umbrella as snow falls in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The city is currently sitting under a dusting of snow, with the possibility of more to come before nightfall. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Metro Vancouver could see more wet snow Tuesday night after drivers across the region ran into some slippery road conditions during the morning commute.

Up to two centimetres of wet snow is expected to accumulate across Metro Vancouver on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to Mainroad, the maintenance company in charge of clearing provincial highways throughout the Lower Mainland.

The company went on to say road crews are treating road surfaces with salt ahead of the expected snowfall.

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Crews were also tending to the Port Mann and Alex Fraser bridges with intermittent lane closures in effect, subject to weather conditions. 

DriveBC advised motorists Tuesday to expect delays and give themselves extra time on the roads.

 

TransLink issued a statement via social media Tuesday morning, reminding users to dress for the conditions and to visit its website to stay informed about system delays.

According to a spokesperson for the company, the snow has had no impact on service so far and routes are running normally.

As of 7:30 a.m., there were 126 alerts related to buses and four related to SkyTrain, but not all of those alerts have been caused by the weather.

 

Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for other areas of the province, including the Peace River region, Highway 97 Pine Pass, West Columbia and Williston. These locations could see up to 30 centimetres of snow on Jan. 31.

A long period of heavy snow is also in store for communities along Highway 16 from Fraser Lake to McBride including Vanderhoof and Prince George, residents along Highway 97 from McLeese Lake to Bear Lake including Quesnel and Fort St. James.

Up to 40 centimetres of snow is forecast for these communities, which have been issued a winter storm warning.

A snowfall warning is in effect for east Vancouver Island, with areas from Courtenay to Campbell River, Duncan to Nanaimo, and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay expected to see five centimetres of snowfall through Wednesday morning. 

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