Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Commuter mayhem as storm dumps snow across southern British Columbia

Commuter mayhem as storm dumps snow across southern British Columbia

The main concerns with this winter storm will be snow impacting roads Saturday followed by slick, icy conditions Sunday morning with below freezing temperatures.

Inland communities will receive the heaviest amounts as snow continues through Saturday morning.

Starting after midnight Saturday, temperatures will slowly warm up and the snow will start transitioning to rain.

Hazardous winter conditions are expected on a number B.C. highways this weekend, including the Sea to Sky and Coquihalla highways.

An approaching Pacific storm will bring heavy snow and strong winds to East Vancouver Island beginning tonight.

"In addition to heavy snow, freezing rain is also a significant threat from this storm", Environment Canada's statement said.

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Forecasters say the rain will also bring a chance of flooding to several municipalities as the snow starts to melt. In Duncan, the snow that had fallen by Wednesday morning ranged from about 15 centimeters to as much as 36 centimeters at higher elevations, such as Cobble Hill.

By midday Saturday, however, rain is predicted in most of Metro Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, when high temperatures could reach 6 C.

The majority of the region is under a special weather statement, while a snowfall warning is in place for Surrey and Langley.

That transition could likely bring freezing rain along with winds between 40 and 60 km/h.

Further north, Arctic outflow warnings remain in effect for much of the Central Coast, with an extreme cold warning in effect for the Peace River region. The City of Vancouver experienced more snowfall this week than it usually does during most months of January.

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