Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley Face Serious Traffic Warnings

Environment Canada has issued a clear cut snowfall warning for the areas of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, as they predict at least 10 to 15 centimeters snow fall for most areas. Areas around the locality were already covered with Snow at 6 a.m., which resulted in serious traffic delays, bus disruptions and minor accidents.

TransLink reported that routine morning commute faced numerous delays, including abridged communication to Simon Fraser University and delays on SkyTrain because of ice buildup on the tracks. Additionally, there were several delays on the West Coast Express train. TransLink claims that Waterfront will be late for almost 40 minutes due to the CP Rail freight train. Moreover, the poor conditions of 20th Street in New Westminster have resulted in buses facing disruptions going in and out of the area. TransLink pointed out that an ice rain and packed snow produced serious issues in Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Surrey. Furthermore, the forecast suggests speedy winds of nearly 70 kilometers per hour for the coastal areas of the Sunshine Coast and some parts of Vancouver Island.

Consequently, The Coquihalla Highway had to be closed on early Tuesday from Hope to Merritt due to a heavy snowstorm overnight. The authorities are repeatedly warning drivers of very limited visibility due to blowing snow. Environment Canada has warned motorists to “exercise extreme caution” and use alternate routes for areas where snowfall warnings have been issued. It stated that “untreated surfaces will be slippery, resulting in treacherous travelling conditions.”

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