The worst of the snowstorm in the Lower Mainland has ended but side roads across the region continued to cause problems for commuters Thursday morning.
A majority of the majour routes appeared slick and slushy – but in much better condition than Wednesday, according to DriveBC cameras.
More than 20 centimetres of snow fell in cities Wednesday, sparking highway closures and delays along bridges and through public transit systems.
Planning on driving the Sea to Sky #BCHwy99 this evening? Might want to reconsider!
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) January 15, 2020
But while the worst appears to be over, officials are still urging caution.
Strong outflow winds and cold wind chill values are expected or occurring.
“All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and drive according to weather and road conditions, slowing down when they encounter bad weather or limited visibility,” the Ministry of Transportation said in a news release.
“Winter tire regulations are in effect. Drivers are encouraged to get the best tires they can.”
SkyTrain systems are running, but slower than usual, while HandyDart remains operating on a priority basis.
#SkyTrain Expo Line, Millennium Line and Canada Line are all operating on Thu Jan 16 but will be slower than normal due to inclement weather. Please anticipate extra travel time and check transit alerts. ^cm
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) January 16, 2020
Environment Canada says the region will see more snow mixed with rain through the day and into Friday, before turning into just rainfall on Saturday.
A cold-weather warning is in effect in the Fraser Valley, with the national weather agency warning people to expect northeast winds of 40 to 60 kilometres per hour and generate wind chill values of -20 C or lower.
School boards in Chilliwack and Mission announced district-wide closures for the day, as of 8 a.m. The University of the Fraser Valley also said morning classes would be cancelled and officials would be making a decision on afternoon classes sometime mid-morning.
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