Greater Victoria’s first responders and community leaders are urging residents to stay home after up to 30 centimetres of snow fell overnight Tuesday.
Environment Canada’s snowfall warning has lifted for most of the region but another 15 cm is expected to fall on the Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway between Goldstream Provincial Park and Mill Bay. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” says the national weather service.
#Dayshift is finally back, quick change out & vehicle check and off we go. If we're going slow, you should be too. Its turning ugly. 🌨🚑🌨🚓🌨🚒🌨. #bcstorm #yyjtraffic #yyjdrivers #yyj #ParamedicsAtWork pic.twitter.com/7aNiSsJy5k
— Paramedic~Tim 🚑 (@Bandaidbrigade1) January 15, 2020
We are expecting up to 20cm of snow tonight and in to tomorrow…road crews will be doing everything they can – please be patient as it's going to be a slow and on-going process to keep the roads clear.
Please don't drive unless you have to – Keep Safe!
— ChiefDunlop (@ChiefDunlop) January 14, 2020
Drive BC warns of winter driving conditions on the Pat Bay Highway and Highway 14.
In Victoria, crews were out Tuesday night clearing priority routes and the City says main routes are now clear.
The City of Langford issued a traffic advisory Tuesday night, asking residents to park their cars inside garages or on driveways to allow clearing and emergency vehicles safe passage. The City reminded motorists that snow or all-season tires are mandatory on Bear Mountain Parkway and urged drivers not to abandon vehicles in driving lanes.
On Wednesday morning, the Central Saanich Fire Department tweeted, “Please stay home if you do not have to go out.”
I’m looking at a foot of snow on the ground near Colwood City Hall. How much snow is in your neighbourhood? Schools are closed today! #yyj #colwood @cityofcolwood #Snowmageddon2020 #snowstorm #snowday pic.twitter.com/ArWT3Iw9Ao
— Katherine Engqvist (@kengqvist) January 15, 2020
BC Transit says a number of routes are detoured or cancelled, and all other routes are running late.
Here is the Greater Victoria list of routes with detours or cancellations update for 6:30 a.m. All other routes are likely running late, so please plan ahead. Customer alerts will also be posted in our NextRide system. pic.twitter.com/FFhWfwVckz
— BC Transit (@BCTransit) January 15, 2020
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