Greater Victoria residents are bracing for another blast of snow Sunday as they mark Valentine’s Day.
Environment Canada expects another five to 10 centimetres of snow to fall across most regions of Vancouver Island, including Greater Victoria, as another Pacific front brings snow. Meteorologists are predicting that this snow fall will change to rain by evening as another system approaches Vancouver Island.
Environment Canada is warning residents to adjust their driving as road conditions change. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” reads an advisory.
Snowy conditions also continue to impact regional transit as Victoria Regional Transit System has limited routes to a handful.
⚠️ #YYJ #RiderAlert -Due to current road conditions, the following routes only are running this morning: 4, 6, 14, 15, 50, 61, 70 and 72. We will continue to provide updates throughout the day. #yyjtraffic
For updates, visit https://t.co/WCW9D4wWKX
Thanks for your patience 🚌💙
— BC Transit | Masks Mandatory (@BCTransit) February 14, 2021
If many Greater Victoria residents Saturday heeded the advice of authorities to stay at home after snow had covered the region from Friday to Saturday, Sunday will likely see even less motorists on the road as this second straight day of heavy snow fall coincides with a day designed to warm romantic hearts: Valentine’s Day.
By design or not, a Sidney flower shop captured this confluence Sunday morning, as rose petals lay scattered across the bed of snow covering a wooden bench in front of the business, with hardly a soul walking the sidewalks and the only major sounds coming from a snowplow beeping in the distance.
Huge thank you to our @townofsidneybc #publicworks crews who have been working since the snow started falling last night. Thanks for keeping our response apron clear of snow allowing a quick response. @SidneyVFire @BC_EHS #sidney #yyjdrivers #yyjtraffic #yyjnews #snowkeepsfalling pic.twitter.com/db4gaaKIGu
— SidneyVFire (@SidneyVFire) February 14, 2021
Municipal crews could be seen and heard throughout Saturday and Sunday morning, keeping important roads as well as other areas such as the space in front of the Safety Community Building in Sidney free of snow.
This broader commitment to service was also evident in Victoria Saturday afternoon when some passers-by helped a Victoria Police Department vehicle get out of the snow.
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) February 14, 2021
Happy Valentine's Day from @PeninsulaNews as snow continues to fall across Greater Victoria including the Saanich Peninsula. If you are celebrating Valentine's Day with your special one that brings it together with the snowy weather, please send us your heart-warming pictures. pic.twitter.com/tuh6pUNmTw
— Peninsula News (@PeninsulaNews) February 14, 2021
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