Monday Mayhem: Lower Mainland transit and commuters struggle with winter weather conditions

Caden Fanshaw/ January 13, 2020

West Vancouver schools were one of the lucky ones on Monday as they declared it a snow day. (Twitter/ West Van Schools)

Winter driving conditions were the centre of mass disruptions around the Lower Mainland Monday in multiple categories.

The day started with countless motor vehicle accidents that were scattered throughout highways and city streets. Notably, a semi-truck jackknifed under an overpass on Highway 1. The accident was westbound at 264th street in Langley and caused major delays.

Elsewhere, all major bridges had vehicle incidents throughout the day, including extensive delays at times on the Port Mann in both directions, the Lions Gate, and the Second Narrows.

Winter weather is expected to continue throughout the week, and Environment Canada is calling for well below seasonal temperatures. Vancouverites can expect more snow on Tuesday night.

More snow on the way:

Environment Canada says the snowy conditions will likely be sticking around until the weekend, with five to ten centimetres of snow forecasted for Tuesday night.

Normal temperatures for this time of the year in Metro Vancouver range from the freezing mark to seven degrees. Meteorologist Bobby Sekhon blames the conditions on a large mass of arctic air sitting over the region, which he says isn’t abnormal.

“With arctic air in place here which came in Sunday, we’re seeing temperatures well below average for this time of the year as we often see with arctic air outbreaks. We will be seeing our coldest temperatures of the week Monday and Tuesday, with highs returning closer to normal as we near the weekend.”

Bobby SekhonMeteorologist, Environment Canada

Sekhon says another area to watch is wind chill, which he says can drastically change how the temperature feels outside.

This week, a wind chill of -11 is expected Monday night which is an extra slide of four degrees below what the temperature would be without the wind.