154837
152827
BC  

Travel advisory, all ferries cancelled as hurricane winds forecast

Hurricane force winds

UPDATE: 3:25 p.m.

BC Ferries has cancelled all sailings on the B.C. Coast as a hurricane force wind warning has been issued by Environment Canada.

All sailings out of Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay, Duke Point, Gulf Islands, Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay as well as Langdale and Powell River on the Sunshine Coast are cancelled until further notice.


UPDATE 12:58 p.m.

BC Ferries has cancelled all sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

A tweet by the company indicates, "considering the reports and the wind already at the terminals, it is best that we cancel in advance for the safety of all passengers and crew, and to allow those time to make alternate plans for travel."

The cancellations are due to high winds which are expected to pick up later this afternoon into tonight.


UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.

A powerful snow storm that swept across southern British Columbia early Wednesday prompted a provincial government advisory warning motorists to stay off many roads.

The advisory covered four Vancouver Island highways including Highway 1 between Nanaimo and Victoria. It was issued shortly after a section of Highway 1 just east of Vancouver was also closed because of blowing snow and treacherous conditions.

"Because of extreme winter weather, motorists are advised to avoid all but essential travel throughout the Metro Vancouver region today, including the Fraser Valley," said the advisory from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

A section of Highway 99, the Sea to Sky Highway north of Vancouver, was also shut down for several hours due to a vehicle incident in icy and blustery conditions not long after Environment Canada posted a rare blizzard warning for the Howe Sound region, which includes that route.

Every public school and post-secondary institution from the eastern Fraser Valley to Victoria and Nanaimo was shuttered as the storm dumped at least 25 centimetres of snow in many areas, with the weather office calling for more snow.

Hardy Lower Mainland commuters who decided to rely on public transit faced lengthy waits and those who reached SkyTrain stations were advised by attendants to return home.

Extreme cold, winter storm or snowfall warnings were in effect for all but a handful of regions from British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories all the way to northern Manitoba.

– The Canadian Press


UPDATE: 8:35 a.m.

A powerful snowstorm that has closed part of Highway 1 east of Vancouver, shuttered every public school and university across southern Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver, has now led to a rare blizzard warning.

Environment Canada issued the warning for the Howe Sound area early Wednesday, saying gusty winds, blowing snow and near-zero visibility are expected or occurring.

The blizzard warning comes as more than 25 centimetres of snow blanketed Greater Victoria and parts of eastern Vancouver Island overnight, with more expected, while at least 15 centimetres fell across Metro Vancouver.

Treacherous conditions forced officials to close a section of Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley early Wednesday while snow and ice have also played havoc with transit services across the Lower Mainland.

Extreme cold, winter storm or snowfall warnings are in effect for all but a handful of regions from British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories all the way to northern Manitoba.

Bitterly cold Arctic air has skidded southward across Western Canada carrying wind chill values in Prairie provinces that are at or below -50 C, while wind chill values in B.C.'s Interior are around -40.

Victoria, Metro Vancouver and much of B.C.'s inner south coast will also be battered by strong winds over the next 24 hours, as wind warnings are posted and forecasters say gusts of up to 90 km/h have potential to bring down trees and cause power outages.


UPDATE 8:27 a.m.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has issued a travel advisory for Metro Vancouver, including the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island Wednesday morning.
 
"Because of extreme winter weather, motorists are advised to avoid all but essential travel throughout the Metro Vancouver region today, including the Fraser Valley.

A travel advisory also applies to Vancouver Island on Highway 1 from Nanaimo south to Victoria, as well as Highways 14, 17 and 18."

Steady snow, high winds and cold temperatures are causing poor road conditions. If you do not absolutely have to travel you are advised not to. If you must travel you are advised to use extreme caution and drive to the conditions. The ministry advises travellers to expect winter conditions for the rest of the week.


UPDATE 7:45 a.m.

The Trans Canada Highway has now been closed between Sumas way and Hunter Creek due to deteriorating weather conditions, detours are available via Hwy 7, Hwy 9, and Hwy 11. DriveBC will issue an update at 11:00 a.m.


ORIGINAL 6:44 a.m.

Metro Vancouver and the South Coast are getting a taste of old man winter Wednesday morning.

DriveBC has issued a travel advisory for the Trans Canada Highway – travel is not recommended unless absolutely necessary between Lickman and Whatcom due to limited visibility and slippery conditions. Compact snow, slush, slippery sections and limited visibility due to heavy snowfall making for very poor conditions.

Most school districts in Metro Vancouver have also cancelled classes for today as well.



More BC News

BC
153226
Vancouver Webcam
Webcam provided by windy.com
143436
Recent Trending
151858
Soft 103.9
153680
Castanet Proud Member of RTNDA Canada
153984





153549
153208