BC Ferries cancels evening sailings due to snow

With crashes and road closures being reported across the island, travellers looking to head to the mainland today will have to postpone their plans as BC Ferries has cancelled all three major routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island due to snow.

Highway 19 from Black Creek to Nanoose Bay appears to be rapidly gathering snow, along with the Old Island Highway.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become hard to navigate due to accumulating snow.

After several warnings, snow is falling - and for now, sticking - across parts of the South Coast.

Snowfall hit the Metro Vancouver region quickly and swiftly on Sunday afternoon, with up to 10 centimetres expected.

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The snow caused problems on roads in Vancouver. Traffic was stalled around the Alex Fraser Bridge due to hard driving conditions.

West Vancouver Island, inland Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria, the southern Gulf Islands, the Malahat highway from Goldstream to Mill Bay and east Vancouver Island are all under a snowfall warning.

Homeowners have also been asked to clear and salt any walkways or stairs around their properties, in order to keep Canada Post employees safe.

The weather also forced delayed sailings with BC Ferries.

An arctic outflow warning is in effect for the Sea to Sky highway, as cold arctic air surges through the regions.

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