Two buses stuck on Helmcken up ramp block the road Tuesday morning. (Victoria News Staff)

Snow delays in Greater Victoria: traffic, buses, flights impacted

What you need to know before you go

When it snows, it pours.

At least, that’s the case for Greater Victoria this week. After up to 20 centimetres of snow fell across the region Monday night and five additional cm of snow forecast to fall in Victoria on Tuesday, travellers are being asked to give themselves extra time to reach their destinations.

RELATED: Another snow day for Greater Victoria students

Driving

South Island MainRoads say crews are working to plow and sand main routes and will move on to side roads when time and resources allow.

“Motorists should expect winter driving conditions with slushy and slippery sections as well as limited visibility due to ground fog and blowing snow.”

Motorists can check Drive BC to view road conditions and check for closures.

Police departments continue to ask drivers to stay home if they don’t need to be out, and slow down if they must drive.

The Malahat remains in poor condition – winter tires and chains for commercial vehicles are required.

A snow plow is blocking the Pat Bay highway by the Quadra overpass. Saanich Police ask motorists to slow down or take another route.

RELATED: More than 500 people without power in Greater Victoria

Transit

At least 12 bus routes are cancelled including routes 13, 17, 35, 43, 53, 59, 60, 63, 64, 83, 85 and 87.

BC Transit handyDarts are operating at essential service levels.

Flying

A handful of flights are cancelled or delayed Tuesday morning including West Jet and AirCanada services to Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver. Pacific Coastal Airlines has cancelled at least three departures this morning as well.

Ferries

As of 7:46am, BC Ferries have announced that the MV Klitsa is holding in dock due to a staffing issue. As soon as this issue has been rectified, they anticipate resuming sailings.

The Queen of Cumberland between Swartz Bay and the Southern Gulf Islands is running about 45 minutes late.

All other sailings and routes are believed to be operating to schedule.



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