BC Government Says To Stay Home & Off The Roads Today Due To Snowstorm
Travel of any kind is not recommended, unless it's "essential."
Vancouver woke up to even more snow on Wednesday, January 15, prompting a warning from the provincial government. The warning says that because of the Vancouver snowstorm, "all but essential" travel should be avoided. The warning applies to areas of Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
"Because of extreme winter weather, motorists are advised to avoid all but essential travel throughout the Metro Vancouver region today, including the Fraser Valley," the warning reads.
A travel advisory is also in effect on Vancouver Island along Highway 1 from Nanaimo south to Victoria, as well as Highways 14, 17 and 18.
A combination of heavy snowfall, high winds and extreme cold will make it difficult to go anywhere today. Flights are being cancelled and over 50 Vancouver bus routes are being affected by today's conditions, reports CTV News.
The ministry says that these conditions will persist throughout the week. A combination of snow and rain is in Vancouver's forecast for Thursday and Friday, and a wind warning is currently in effect.
Environment Canada issued a wind warning at just after 4:00 a.m. on January 15. "Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break," it reads.
Needless to say, all of these things will result in poor visibility on the roads across the province today. "Those who must travel are asked to use extreme caution and drive to the conditions," reads the government's statement.
Locals are sharing photos that show just how much snow fell overnight. Victoria got hit especially hard, with up to 30 cm accumulated in some places.
After door issues on the SkyTrain Expo Line, this Vancouver transit worker decided to use a hockey stick to clear ice from the train.
Announcements on the SkyTrain are even telling people to "please return home" due to weather-related mechanical errors and delayed service.
It's a mess out there, so do yourself a favour and have a lazy snow day, because the B.C. government basically told you to.