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.
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.
— Van Island District (@TranBCVanIsle) February 12, 2019
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) February 12, 2019
— VicPD Traffic (@vicpdtraffic) February 12, 2019
Please drive with caution. Road conditions all over the peninsula are continuing to deteriorate as the snow piles up. ❄️❄️❄️ https://t.co/3HgALYpeZ3
— Sidney/N.S. RCMP (@SidneyRCMP) February 12, 2019
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) February 12, 2019
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.
7 a.m. Update: Due to weather and road conditions all bus routes may be late in Greater Victoria. A list of cancellations and detours is available below. All other routes are on regular routing. If you have questions about a specific route, please call 2503826161. #YYJTraffic pic.twitter.com/VNJER0WsDX
— BC Transit (@BCTransit) February 12, 2019
— Matthew Boyd (@mtthwbyd) February 12, 2019
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.
Weather related cancellations this morning. Please check the status of your flight on our website at https://t.co/D2K7Bfd6Pr or with your airline.
— Victoria Int Airport (@Fly_YYJ) February 12, 2019
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.
— Dan Davies (@Daniel_Davies) February 12, 2019