Cold Temperatures and Snowfall hit Vancouver

Haider Nayani/February 4th, 2019

Many in Vancouver felt we had skipped snowman season this year.
(everyoungskin / Twitter)

If you were under the impression we had averted the worst of winter, this weekend must have been a rude awakening. And it’s not over yet. Environment Canada warns of flurries and below-zero temperatures over the next few days.

Vancouverites have an arctic air mass that’s lingering over the south coast to thank for the chill. The Fraser Valley is getting the worst of it, with wind chills between -18c to -22c.

Left Powerless

Several communities in BC are without power, including parts of Bowen Island according to Tanya Fish of BC Hydro.

“Our crews are on site making repairs to customers on Bowen Island. Currently we have about 1600 customers without power in the area. Right now we don’t have an estimated restoration time, we are working on a number of downed power lines as results of the high winds yesterday. Those repairs take some time but we will update our website with the most up to date information.” – Tanya Fish, BC Hydro Senior Media Relations Advisor

Foiled Ferries

BC Ferries were also affected. All sailings between Snug Cove and Horseshoe Bay from 5:20am – 8:35am were cancelled due to high winds. According to Deborah Marshall of BC Ferries, things are back on schedule.

“We did cancel the first 3 roundtrips on our Horseshoe Bay – Bowen island service this morning…the winds have come down though and we are sailing on our regular schedule. We are closely monitoring the wind situation today, but right now it’s looking good for the remainder of the day.” – Deborah Marshall,  Executive Director, Public Affairs BC Ferries

In response to the frigid conditions, the city of Vancouver has opened 3 warming centres. The West End Community Centre, the Brittania Community Centre, and the Powell Street Getawa will be open to the city’s homeless. The city opens these centres when temperatures hit -5c.

Expect more cold and a chance of snow through this week. (Environment Canada)

As for what to expect for the remainder of the week; more cold. It could dip down to -9c tonight, with a similar low on Tuesday, and a chance of snow on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will gradually rise over the next few days, and winds will taper off as well, but it will still be colder than average.

With files from Kaia Proctor