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Weather warnings cover much of B.C. as bitter cold settles in and snow starts to fall

Weather warnings cover much of B.C. as bitter cold settles in and snow starts to fall

Setting Canada has issued climate warnings for many of British Columbia as winter climate situations tightened their grip throughout the province, creating harmful chilly and complicating journey forward of the vacation season.

The climate company says one other spherical of snow for the South Coast began Monday afternoon, attributable to a low strain climate system developing from Washington state.

“We’re one other system coming in from the Pacific,” stated meteorologist Derek Lee Monday, in an interview with On the Coast‘s Rohit Joseph.

“With the chilly temperatures in place — 10 to fifteen levels under seasonal — we’re going to see plenty of heavy snow.”

In a tweet, the College of British Columbia stated all 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. PT in-person exams set for Tuesday at its campus in Vancouver’s Level Gray neighbourhood had been cancelled. 

Simon Fraser College in Vancouver, and the College of Victoria stated they’d replace college students at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

WATCH | Vancouver hit with extra snow, freezing temperatures: 

Vancouver hit with blast of winter climate

Vancouver is getting hit with one other blast of chilly temperatures and snow, inflicting treacherous situations and prompting the province to ask individuals to remain off the roads until they’ve winter tires.

Lee says southern Vancouver Island shall be one of many areas hit the toughest, and the snow that began falling on the island moved to the mainland later Monday night.

Drive B.C. warned commuters and anybody out on Decrease Mainland roads and highways Monday night to count on congestion, go away further journey time and ensure their autos are well-equipped for winter climate.

The Higher Victoria space, the Malahat Freeway and the Southern Gulf Islands can count on as a lot as 25 centimetres, whereas Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley can count on 10-20 centimetres.

It comes after 10-15 centimetres fell on the South Coast on Sunday morning.

Setting Canada expects a break within the snow on Wednesday earlier than it picks up once more on Thursday or Friday. Meteorologists stated below-seasonal temperatures will stick round all through subsequent week, with most temperatures in Metro Vancouver “struggling” to interrupt –5 C.

“It appears just like the chilly will probably linger with us till Friday,” stated Lee, explaining that the forecast for this weekend is essentially unsure with back-to-back storm methods lined up, a few of which may probably herald hotter air.

“It may be snow however shortly altering over to rain for the weekend,” he stated. 

“Undoubtedly put together your self for altering climate situations: snow to rain and even freezing rain within the forecast in a while this week.” 

Sunday’s snowfall led to plenty of street closures and flight delays at Vancouver Worldwide Airport in addition to the airports in Victoria and Kelowna. A number of highways, together with Freeway 1 and the Coquihalla Freeway, had been both affected by spun-out autos or compelled to shut solely.

The province stated “drivers are suggested to remain off the street until their car is correctly outfitted with winter tires.”

For these with winter tires who must drive, an announcement Monday stated drivers ought to pack an emergency equipment of their autos.

A webcam shows a significant amount of snowfall and piled up cars at a highway exit.
A site visitors digicam reveals vehicles piled up on the Cross Road exit of Freeway 1 in West Vancouver on Sunday. The B.C. authorities warned of delays on the route attributable to spun-out vehicles, simply two weeks after a snowstorm brought about site visitors chaos within the area. (DriveBC)

WATCH | Ideas and tips for driving within the snow:

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Ideas and tips for driving within the snow

CBC Vancouver host Lien Yeung takes a driving lesson at Mount Seymour with Driving Limitless Academy teacher Patrick Ah-Yu, who reveals her get a automotive winter-ready and offers tips about driving in snowy situations.

Excessive chilly, threat of frostbite in northern B.C.

Within the northern half of the province, extra excessive chilly is within the forecast for areas together with Chilcotin, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Prince George, Stuart and 100 Mile.

Frigid Arctic air is pushing temperatures as little as –30 C, with wind chill making it really feel like –40 C. 

“A really chilly Arctic air mass is has settled over the area,” learn a climate warning for the Cariboo area.

“Excessive chilly places everybody in danger. Dangers are larger for younger kids, older adults, individuals with power diseases, individuals working or exercising outdoor, and people with out correct shelter.”

Arctic outflow warnings stay in place for the central and north coasts, together with inland sections. Excessive chilly warnings are additionally in place within the Muncho Lake Park, Dease Lake, Cassiar Mountains and Watson Lake areas within the far north.

An aerial view of a car driving past a row of snow-covered houses in Vancouver.
A motorist drives previous snow-covered homes in Vancouver on Dec. 18, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Particular climate statements warning of frostbite threat cowl the Haines Highway, Atlin, Teslin, Peace River, Williston and Fort Nelson areas.

Within the southern Inside, excessive chilly warnings are in place for the Elk Valley and Yoho Park areas, and a snowfall warning has been posted for the West Kootenay area.

Wind chill may make it really feel like –35 C in a single day close to Elk Valley and Yoho Park, which straddle the B.C.-Alberta border.

Most of Alberta can be below excessive chilly warnings, with wind chill making temperatures really feel as chilly as –40 C throughout a lot of the province.