British Columbia

All snowfall warnings lifted for B.C.'s South Coast

Environment Canada has lifted the last of its remaining weather warnings for B.C.'s South Coast, as the weather system that was expected to dump heavy snow across the region weakened and moved on.

Much of the snow forecast for the region didn't materialize

People walk at Simon Fraser University's campus in Burnaby, B.C., on Dec. 21, 2020. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Environment Canada has lifted the last of its remaining weather warnings for B.C.'s South Coast, as the weather system that was expected to dump heavy snow faded away.

A final snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver was lifted just before 8:30 a.m. on Monday. 

Weather alerts were in effect for much of the South Coast over the weekend, but many residents expecting a dump of snow woke up to rain on Sunday instead. The snow that did fall was not as heavy as expected in areas like the Fraser Valley, though the central and northern areas of Vancouver Island saw a healthy amount of snow.

Shelter available

Despite the lack of snow, temperatures are still cold. The City of Vancouver has opened additional indoor shelter spaces until Jan. 27 for people experiencing homelessness.

  • The Powell Street Getaway, at 528 Powell St., from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • The Vancouver Aquatic Centre, at 1050 Beach Ave., from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • The Creekside Community Centre, at 1 Athletes Way., from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • The Odd Fellows Hall, at 1443 West 8th Ave., from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • First Avenue Shelter at 1648 East 1st Ave., from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

  • The Gathering Place, 609 Helmcken St., from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. 

The city said these centres will allow people who have pets and carts, and hot drinks and snacks will be provided. All sites have reduced their capacity to meet the province's COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.

In Abbotsford, B.C., people can warm up at the Gateway Christian Reformed Church on Gladys Avenue, which is open from 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. whenever the weather dips below freezing or there is snow on the ground.

Jesse Weygand, an extreme weather shelter coordinator in Abbotsford, said all shelter guests are screened for COVID-19.

"We've been resourced to isolate people who are exhibiting symptoms, who are then brought often to hotel rooms as they await their test results," said Weygand, speaking Monday on CBC's The Early Edition.

In Surrey, B.C., seasonal shelters are open at Pacific Community Church at 5377 180th Street and Peace Portal Church at 15128 27B Ave.

Tap here, or dial 211, to find a shelter location in Metro Vancouver.

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