Snowplows are now out in #OakBay #yyj This is Beach Drive by McNeill Bay. Snow started here 3 hours ago and the roads were bad. @SaanichPolice are also warning people to avoid driving. #BCSnow #BCstorm @CHEK_News #yyj #yyjtraffic #yyjsnow #BCwx pic.twitter.com/PjrU4Ggili— Tess van Straaten (@tessvanstraaten) January 13, 2020
Road conditions are pretty bad in Victoria right now. This is Fort Street. The car ahead could barely make the turn from Foul Bay. Another vehicle was stuck on Fairfield Rd unable to make it up the little hill near Abkahzi Gardens. @CHEK_News #yyjtraffic #yyjsnow #BCStorm #bcwx pic.twitter.com/Z01ZQN1ry0— Tess van Straaten (@tessvanstraaten) January 13, 2020
In Greater Victoria, Saanich police are reminding the public to please limit driving Sunday night due to the hazardous road conditions. Anyone who needs to be out on the roads is asked to drive carefully and leave enough space between the vehicle in front. Both Oak Bay police and Victoria police are also warning of slick road conditions and reduced visibility.
I thought it was hail at first but these are snow pellets or ‘graupel’, which is common when you have snow and rain at the same time. The tiny snowballs often bounce when they hit a hard surface. #BCStorm @CHEK_News #yyj #OakBay #bcwx pic.twitter.com/tC6i3Y47lh— Tess van Straaten (@tessvanstraaten) January 13, 2020
Due to storm waves, the sidewalk along Beach Drive between Monterey and Transit is currently closed. Additionally, please be prepared for icy road conditions tonight & tomorrow morning. Thx pic.twitter.com/qrebxf91J3— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) January 13, 2020
A full list of Drive BC road conditions can be found here. The high winds that led to numerous ferry cancellations Sunday have eased up, according to Environment Canada. The weather agency cancelled all weather alerts for Vancouver Island Sunday night. However, thousands of customers are still without power on Vancouver Island. BC Hydro said the high winds caused a number of outages across Vancouver Island Sunday evening. Crews are working to restore power to the customers by tonight, if possible. But customers on Hornby Island will be out of power overnight. Weather dependent, crews will be arriving in the morning to be on-site at 10 a.m.
Some weather forecasters predicted snow would start to fall at about 8pm. Ok…I'm impressed. But I'm also concerned about how the morning commute will be all over #yyj. Please set your alarm for earlier tomorrow to allow for window scraping and extra travel time. pic.twitter.com/mNWs7JcfZ0— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) January 13, 2020