Weather alert update issued at 10:00 AM Monday 19 December 2016: Roads: Please be aware that there is black ice on the roads this morning. There have already been three accidents. The main road into Ganges from the North End has been reported as in good condition. The secondary roads can be icy especially the north-facing ones with inclines.
Weather alert update issued at 08:30 AM Sunday 18 December 2016: Roads: Main routes have been plowed and Mainroad is now working on secondary routes. Schools: Schools are closed today. Buses: As of 7:30 am, buses are running on main roads only. BC Hydro: No power outages reported as of 8:30 am. Weather: More snow expected today and tonight. A Pacific front over the British Columbia coast will continue to spread snow to the south coast today. The Arctic air that has been with us for nearly two weeks will finally be flushed out by milder Pacific air. Snow will gradually change to rain beginning tonight. As usual, snowfall will be highly variable; 10 to 20 cm of snow is expected before changing to rain tonight with the higher amounts expected inland and over higher terrain. Coastal sections of Vancouver Island may see closer to 5 to 10 cm of snow. For Metro Vancouver and most areas of the South Coast, a complete change-over to rain is likely by Monday morning. North of Squamish the temperatures will remain low enough that snow may persist into Monday morning bringing possible snowfall totals of 20 to 30 cm. For the Fraser Valley, the mild Pacific air will combine with below freezing surface temperatures resulting in snow becoming mixed with freezing rain tonight. Inland communities of Vancouver Island including Port Alberni will also be at risk for freezing rain during the change-over. Moderate rainfall in combination with melting snow could cause localized flooding on Monday.
Weather alert update issued at 04:17 PM Thursday 15 December 2016: Snow and rain this weekend for the south coast. A Pacific front will reach the British Columbia coast late Saturday. Snow will develop in the evening over the south coast and continue Sunday. A second stronger Pacific front will approach Sunday afternoon with snow continuing. The Arctic air that has been with us for nearly two weeks will finally be flushed out by milder Pacific air. Snow will gradually change to rain beginning Sunday night. As usual, snowfalls will be highly variable with higher amounts expected inland and over higher terrain. For Metro Vancouver and most south coast areas a complete change-over to rain is likely by midday Monday. In eastern sections of the Fraser Valley and from Squamish to Whistler the temperatures will remain low enough that snow may persist all day Monday. During the change there will be a risk of freezing rain for the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, and inland communities of Vancouver Island including Port Alberni. Moderate rainfall in combination with melting snow could cause localized flooding on Monday.
General conditions update issued at 08:00 AM Tuesday 13 December 2016: Weather: Will be up at 2 today and we are going into a cold spell for the next 4 days. Down as low as -8 degrees at night. Roads: Mainroad reports that all routes have been plowed except Mt. Tuam and Musgrave Landing. All routes have been salted. Hydro: No outages reported. Schools: Schools are open. Buses: Buses are running on all routes.
General conditions update issued at 12:30 PM Monday 12 December 2016: Weather: Currently not snowing, but may have wet flurries. Warming to 2 degrees and then dropping overnight to -2 degrees. Roads: All main routes to ferries are clear thanks to Mainroad. Mainroad is now plowing all other routes today. If any questions regarding plowing please contact their 24/7 number at 1-877-391-7310. Schools: Schools at closed. Buses: Buses are running on all routes except Mobrae. Hydro: No outages
General conditions update issued at 8:00 AM Monday 12 December 2016: Weather: 3" + of snow has fallen on higher elevations on SSI. Weather indicates warming today with possible snow flurries or rain. Roads: Roads are covered and slippery. Drive with caution. Mainroad is working on main ferry routes only. Schools: Schools are closed. Buses: Buses are running only on main routes.
BC Ferries update issued at 7:19 AM Monday 12 December 2016: Please be advised that the Howe Sound Queen, Crofton - Salt Spring Island (Vesuvius Bay) is currently operating 25 minutes behind schedule due to adverse weather conditions.
SD64 Schools update issued at 6:10 AM Monday 12 December 2016: Due to more snow and road conditions, all SD64 schools are closed. Buses will not be running. We do not yet have an update on road conditions from Mainroad but will post that when we get it.
SD64 Schools update issued at 6:15 AM Friday 09 December 2016: All schools closed today due to snow.
Weather update issued at 05:00 Friday 09 December 2016: Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected. A Pacific storm has moved onto the South Coast overnight. The leading front has spread 2 to 4 cm snow over southern Vancouver Island and trace to 1 cm to the Lower Mainland. As the storm continues to develop off the BC coast, more precipitation is expected today through Saturday over the South Coast. While the snow is expected to become mixed with rain or change to rain this afternoon near sea level, for communities at higher elevations or inland, precipitation will remain in the form of snow through Saturday morning. Total snowfall accumulations of 5 to 10 cm are expected over low lying coastal regions by Saturday morning with up to 25 cm over higher terrain. Strong easterly winds combined with the snow will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow, especially in the Fraser Valley today.
BC Ferries Update as of 2:35 pm Thursday 08 December 2016: Please be advised that the Queen of Nanaimo has cancelled the following sailings due to adverse weather conditions: 3:15 pm departing Long Harbour, Salt Spring Island and Inter Island ports, 7:20 pm departing Tsawwassen and Inter Island ports
Weather update issued at 10:41 Thursday 08 December 2016: Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. A Pacific storm will reach the South Coast tonight. This storm will bring significant snowfall amounts to the above regions as cold arctic air is entrenched over the region. The snow will begin over Vancouver Island late this evening and further east overnight and continue into Friday. The snow is expected to become mixed with rain Friday afternoon or evening over low lying coastal communities. For communities at higher elevations or inland, precipitation will remain in the form of snow through Friday night. Total snowfall accumulations of 5 to 15 cm are expected over low lying coastal regions by Saturday morning with up to 25 cm over higher terrain. Strong easterly winds combined with the snow will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow, especially in the Fraser Valley. More precipitation is on the way Saturday but will likely fall as rain for low lying region. Flurries are possible on Sunday across the region.
Weather update issued at 15:44 Wednesday 07 December 2016: More snow on the way for the South Coast beginning Thursday evening. With cold Arctic air entrenched across the South Coast, an intense Pacific storm will bring significant snowfall beginning Thursday evening. Strong easterly winds combined with the snow will reduce visibilities at times Thursday night and Friday.
On Friday snow in low lying coastal communities will probably change to rain. However, for communities at higher elevations or inland, precipitation will remain in the form of snow. A significant influx of milder Pacific air is not expected this weekend and a mix of of rain and snow is forecast across the south coast Saturday and Sunday. More snow is possible next week, too. With no significant warming trend in sight, any new snow will likely remain on the ground for several days.
Weather update issued at 08:39 Tuesday 02 December 2016: The main roads to the ferries are clear. Side roads have been sanded, however, due to icy rain and snow last night the roads are extremely icy. Drive with caution. School buses and transit are only available on the main routes. Here is the full potential weather report from MAINROAD. Early Notification: More cold and snow for south coast December 8 and 9, 2016. Weather Event Impacts: Difficult travel conditions and potential for power outages. Estimated Start Time and Duration: Thursday and Friday, perhaps into the weekend. Description: Following a first taste of winter weather on Monday, even colder air will make its way out to the South Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal with overnight lows approaching -7oC overnight Tuesday and Wednesday. Localized icy roads from wet snow could cause hazardous driving conditions through Thursday morning. A strong Pacific storm will then reach the South Coast Thursday afternoon. With the cold air in place, the precipitation will start as snow over the South Coast including over low-lying sea level communities. The question is when will snow to change to rain? Strong winds are also expected with this storm on Friday. Current weather models indicate the low pressure center remaining offshore through Friday. This position will support continued outflow conditions thereby replenishing the supply of cold air from the Interior of the province out towards the coast. Despite the moisture streaming in from the Pacific, the snow may persist for several hours before changing to rain. Communities closest to the ocean will see the changeover to rain first while inland and higher elevations areas may see the snow continue through Friday. Freezing rain is also a possibility during the transition from snow to rain. Essentially, there is a good POTENTIAL for a significant snowfall event across the South Coast Thursday afternoon and Friday. Precipitation will continue through the weekend but freezing levels are expected to rise above 300 metres. Rain is therefore expected below 300m but temperatures will remain below seasonal with daytime highs of +1C or +2C and overnight lows below freezing. Confidence Level: HIGH with respect to the transition to cold air and the precipitation beginning as snow. LOW regarding how long it will take for the snow to change to rain and therefore total snowfall accumulations. Recommendations: Prepare for potentially heavy snowfall. Monitor the forecast closely.