Heavy snow has turned to slush on Vancouver roads.

Warmer, wet weather ahead for Lower Mainland

Temperatures will remain above freezing for the Lower Mainland and coastal communities

The cold arctic air that brought in snow for British Columbia’s south coast has finally moved out.

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures to remain above the freezing mark for the Lower Mainland and coastal communities as far north as Prince Rupert for the remainder of the week.

But further inland, snowfall warnings are still in effect with up to 30 centimetres forecast for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, while wind warnings have been posted for the central coast and parts of Vancouver Island.

A special weather statement from Environment Canada identifies the potential for localized flooding in parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley where the combination of melting snow will be topped by as much as 25 centimetres of rain.

Commuters around Greater Vancouver were paralyzed by snowfall early Monday morning, but the five to 20 centimetres that blanketed the region quickly turned into a slushy, wet mess as temperatures climbed through the day.

The City of New Westminster tweeted that the weight of the waterlogged snow caused the collapse of a large but aging, single storey gym in Queens Park, but no one was hurt.

DriveBC says pooling water and compact snow was creating slippery conditions on many highways from the South Coast, up to Whistler and into the Interior.

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Where are Delta’s missing salmon?

Cougar Creek is seeing lower-than-usual returns of spawning salmon. The Blob may be the reason.

Double graves coming to Surrey civic cemeteries for the first time

Surrey council approves cemetery bylaw changes, which will also allow upright headstones

COLUMN: Cannabis legalization brings challenges for Canadian police

Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord talks about the challenges police face as pot becomes legal

Cloverdale’s Christmas shopping kicks off with Ladies’ Night Out next week

Check out Cloverdale businesses, vendors, and more Thursday, Nov. 30

VIDEO: ‘Glow Christmas’ opens for the holiday season

Massive Langley light show features 500,000 lights

BC Ferries vehicle traffic last summer was best ever

CEO says positive results reduce future pressure on fares

Dead rats on doorstep greets Summerland mayor

Two rodents have been delivered to Peter Waterman’s doorstep

False killer whale ‘Chester’ dies at Vancouver Aquarium

He was found stranded near Tofino in July 2014 and only had a 10 per cent chance of making it at the time

Cougar confronts man in Clearwater

Clearwater resident Barry Joneson had a close encounter of the cougar kind

Panda picks Argonauts for the win

Giant panda at the Toronto Zoo picks Argos to win Grey Cup on Sunday

5 to start your day

Highway 1 still closed after mudslides, union cries foul over education assistant shortage, and more

Black Friday fervour wanes as some consumers, retailers shun practice

Some businesses are choosing to opt out, while some shoppers are turning to buying online

Stay safe on B.C. roads this holiday season

RCMP warn drivers to plan a safe ride home or suffer the consequences this holiday season

Most Read