Lower mainland covered in white as 15-20 cm of snow falls over the region

Residents on the lower mainland woke up on Thursday to a thick blanket of airy snow, much to the annoyance of toboggans and commuters.

“From late last night here in the Vancouver area, until around 6, 6:30 this morning, we saw 15-20 cm of snow – a little more in pockets,” said Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga.

Higher areas in the North Shore, Coquitlam and Guildford in Surrey were particularly hard hit, with drivers reporting difficult conditions throughout the region.

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Police were called to a major accident overnight in Surrey on 176th Street near 97th Avenue, where one vehicle lost control in bad weather and was subsequently hit by another vehicle, leaving one person in hospital. Several other vehicles also lost control of the hill.

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Vancouver, head of street operations, Amy Sidwell, said crews were making streets in anticipation of the snow, but that more precipitation fell than the five to 10 cm the city had expected.

Crews worked at full capacity to clear important streets, she said.

“Our priority routes at level 1 are our large street network in the city, so arterial streets and collection streets that cover all our bus routes, emergency evacuation routes, emergency car routes and our routes around hospitals and care facilities … and so” I have also been given other priorities around pedestrians – and bike paths, ”she said.

“With this amount of snow, it takes a little longer to clear, because there is a lot.”

The Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines ran slower than usual due to the snow. However, the Canada line was unaffected.

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TransLink also warned of detours and delays across “much of” the bus system. Riders were encouraged to dress warmly and anticipate delays and also check TransLinks Twitter account or its Next Bus website for updated information.

The Canada Post said it canceled mail delivery for the day to Lower Mainland, Nanaimo, southern Vancouver Island, Powell River and the Sunshine Coast due to heavy snow.

The organizers of the Festival of Lights at Vancouver’s VanDusen Garden also canceled Thursday night’s event, citing “unsafe road conditions.”

City of Vancouver officials said garbage collection will be temporarily suspended Thursday and Friday due to icy conditions on side streets and lanes and because paramedics helped with snow removal. Collection of green bins was also suspended.

The city of Surrey also suspended waste collection only on Thursday.

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Officials are urging people to check on older neighbors and friends during the coming cold

Officials are urging people to check on older neighbors and friends during the coming cold

Warnings of snowfall and Arctic outflow for Metro Vancouver were lifted on Thursday, and Madryga said the forecast for Thursday and Friday required clear but cold conditions.

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The eastern Fraser Valley remained below an Arctic outflow warning, with wind chill values ​​expected to reach -20 C or below.

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“Freezing and hypothermia can occur within minutes if adequate precautions are not taken when outdoors. Any outdoor activity exposes you to an increased risk of frostbite,” warned Environment Canada.

Minimize exposed skin with hats, scarves and mittens or gloves. “Anyone who is not dressed warmly risks frostbite and hypothermia in cold weather.”

Madryga said it was predicted that the snow would return on Saturday, but that temperatures were expected to rise significantly by Sunday with the possibility of heavy rain.

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