When we say that the entire city of Vancouver shuts down during a snowstorm, we're not really exaggerating that much. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was set to meet in Victoria with BC Premier John Horgan but their meeting was cancelled. Trudeau missed meeting with Horgan face to face, so they had a virtual meeting instead. Even politicians aren't immune to weather-related transportation disturbances.

Right now, B.C. is going into the coldest winter weather it's experienced in over a century.

Vancouver was hit hard with snow on the weekend of Saturday, January 11 and it caused a ton of issues. Even ferry services connecting Vancouver Island to the mainland were down.

Horgan and Trudeau were set to meet at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on Vancouver Island.

You'd need a helicopter, plane or ferry to get there from Vancouver and the weather was so bad it seems like there were no good options for the Prime Minister to travel.

"Whether it’s in person, on the phone, or virtually, Premier [John Horgan] and I are working together on the issues that matter most to people in BC," tweeted Trudeau after their meeting.

The Vancouver Courier reported that Trudeau's team was stuck in Vancouver in the evening on Sunday, January 12.

The Prime Minister had just come from Alberta where he attended an Edmonton memorial honouring the Iran plane crash victims.

While they didn't get a chance to meet in real life, they did "log on to talk about investing in housing, child care, and infrastructure, and plans to fight climate change," as Trudeau said in a tweet.

"We'd hoped to meet in person - the weather had other plans!" tweeted Horgan after their meeting.

Typically-balmy Vancouver is freaking out over the snow, with massive delays in transit services.

It's not just snow either; nearly every part of the province is expecting intense storms.

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