Snow blankets BC coast
The Canadian Press – December 30, 2021 / kl. 10.05 | History: 355772
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Snow covers ground in New Westminster Tuesday.
Environment Canada has lifted all but a handful of the warnings that covered British Columbia when the cold Arctic air covered the province this week.
The cold lingers in the northwest and southeast BC, while the inner south coast digs itself out of a snowdrift.
Between 10 and 25 centimeters, Metro covered Vancouver and southern Vancouver Island overnight, creating challenging conditions on roads and bridges in these regions and slowing down transit services in many areas.
Snowfall warnings were lifted shortly after dawn as the storm subsided, but Vancouver International reported departure delays to start the day, urging travelers to check with their airline and allow plenty of time to reach the airport.
Conditions below zero have created potential for ice stops on the Similkameen River in southern BC, about 12 kilometers east of Princeton, and the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District issued a three-property evacuation alert due to the threat of flooding.
A similar warning issued on Dec. 25 by the Town of Smithers and Bulkley-Nechako Regional District was lifted Wednesday as the threat of ice stops on the Bulkley River subsided, but city officials say the situation in northwestern communities remains uncertain and will remain closely monitored.
Environment Canada maintains Arctic outflow warnings for Fraser Valley and inland north and central coasts.
Wind chill values between minus 20 and -30 C are expected, while an extreme cold warning for the Yoho and Kootenay parks in southeastern BC calls for wind chill values below -35 C until the weekend.