Flights, buses cancelled or delayed as winter storm continues across Vancouver Island

Flights, buses cancelled or delayed as winter storm continues across Vancouver Island

Justine Shaw's car covered with snow in Brentwood Bay Tuesday morning. (Justine Shaw/Submitted).

Justine Shaw’s car covered with snow in Brentwood Bay Tuesday morning. (Justine Shaw/Submitted).

A winter storm that slammed Vancouver Island Monday afternoon continues into Tuesday, with dangerous conditions on the roads.

A second low pressure system is spreading snow across B.C.’s south coast, with a further five to 10 centimetres expected Tuesday before tapering off this afternoon and evening.

West Vancouver Island, inland Vancouver Island, the southern Gulf Islands, Greater Victoria, the Malahat highway from Goldstream to Mill Bay, and east Vancouver Island, from Courtenay to Campbell River, Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay and Duncan to Nanaimo are still under a snowfall warning.

Drive BC said compact snow and winter driving conditions have led to travel advisories for:

-Highway 1 betwen Avalon Road and Highway 1A; Mt Sicker Rd for 73.3 km (Victoria to two km south of Chemainus)

-Highway 14 between Parkinson Road and Humpback Road for 81.7 km (Metchosin to three km east of Port Renfrew)

-Highway 17 between Highway 1 and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for 32.4 km (Victoria to North Saanich)

-Highway 18 at North Shore Road East (Lake Cowichan)

Police in different areas are reminding residents that there is compact snow on main routes and side streets have not been plowed. People are asked to stay off the roads unless their vehicles are equipped for winter driving.

BC Transit said all bus routes may be late in Greater Victoria due to road conditions. There are some cancellations and alterations to certain routes. Service on Salt Spring Island is operating on main roads only. Service in the Cowichan Valley is running but will likely be delayed.

All Regional District of Nanaimo Transit routes are running with some changes.

The snow has also causes cancellations at the Victoria International Airport and others. Anyone travelling are reminded to check their flight status with their airline. The Victoria aiport’s terminal building has lost main power and is on a back-up generator. The main runway is closed while the operations team clears the snow.

Helijet said all flights are on indefinite hold because of the weather.

All Harbour Air flights are affected by the winter weather conditions.

BC Ferries only had one service notice due to adverse weather Tuesday morning. The Queen of Cumberland on the Swartz Bay and southern Gulf Islands route is operating 47 minutes behind schedule because of a staffing issue.

All 12 locations of the Greater Victoria Public Library are closed this morning. The Central Branch is expected to open at 1 p.m.

And Hartland landfill outside of Victoria is limiting services to commercial account customers with landfill access via automate scale (RF tag) due to poor road conditions. It is closed to the general public.

As for power outages, BC Hydro said there are 5,775 customers without power in the south island region, with 1,860 in Saanich, west of Waters Edge Road, east of Marsett Place, south of Franck Road and north of Kenneth Stret. The cause of that outage and many others are under investigation.
There are 276 customers without power in the north region.


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