Highway 33 became an ice rink, leaving many vehicles stuck

Arctic freeze across B.C.

UPDATE 8:51 a.m.

Frigid temperatures have prompted Environment Canada to issue weather warnings for many parts of British Columbia and Alberta, while snow snarled the morning commute in Metro Vancouver.

The foul weather even pinned down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who intended to travel from Vancouver to Victoria for a meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan but the premier's office says the two leaders will speak by video conference, instead.

Sunday's snow across the inner south coast caused dozens of crashes, delays or closures on several highways and bridges, while as much as 25 centimetres of snow forced a number of Vancouver-area school districts, including West Vancouver and Chilliwack to cancel Monday classes.

BC Ferry routes are running as scheduled but many travellers faced lengthy delays after most sailings to Vancouver Island were cancelled Sunday.

An Environment Canada snowfall warning covers the east coast of Vancouver Island and southern Gulf Islands while extreme cold warnings are in effect for much of the central Interior, with forecasters warning bitterly cold Arctic air will stall over the region for several days.

With the wind chill, temperatures along the north coast will feel close to -20 C, while the weather office says conditions will feel closer to -40 C near Prince George and -45 C along the boundaries with Yukon and northwestern Alberta.

-with files from Canadian Press

ORIGINAL 5:00 a.m.

The Okanagan got hit with a freezing Arctic front on Sunday that brought dropping temperatures, strong winds and blowing snow to the area.

This also meant treacherous road conditions for motorists. Highway 33 from Rutland to Black Mountain became an ice rink that many cars couldn't overcome.

Castanet received numerous tips that vehicles could not make it up the hill and many motorists were stuck for long periods of time.

Environment Canada is warning residents of plummeting temperatures and wind chill values near -30 C for Monday.

For motorists travelling on the highways, regularly check DriveBC to stay up to date on current road conditions.

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