Winter storm warnings continue for Squamish Saturday

Wednesday was coldest recorded in last 36 years in Squamish

This weekend will continue to be covered in white.

After a blizzard warning was effect for Howe Sound on Thursday, Squamish can expect even more snow on Saturday. Blowing snow will be mixed with freezing rain.

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According to Environment Canada, which has issued a winter storm warning, conditions are hazardous. It call for up to 20 centimetres will fall by Sunday morning. Warmer air is on its way, meaning the snow will become freezing rain. 

Wind will be north of 30 kilometres per hour, but picking up with gusts of 60 to 80 kilometres per hour over southern regions. 

As locals can attest, it has been cold all week. Wednesday we got down to -12.5C, which is the coldest it has been between 1983 to 2019, the date range available from Environment Canada.

Although the temperature is hovering around 0C, a windchill brings the temps down to -13C on Jan. 18. 

There seems to be a break in the snow coming up this week, as temperatures rise above freezing. The snow is expected to turn to rain overnight and rain through Tuesday. On Wednesday, Environment Canada predicts some flurries before precipitation becomes rain once again.

Driving

A highway alert is in effect for the Sea to Sky between Squamish and Whister, as Environment Canada also warns drivers to consider staying off the roads for non-essential travelling. 

"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow."

Winter tires or chains are required on the Sea to Sky Highway.

Up to date road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.

Snow Clearing

The District of Squamish Traffic Bylaw requires residents to clear snow and ice from sidewalks around their property.

District of Squamish tips for snow clearing:

Pile snow to the right side of your driveway, when facing the road, to prevent it from being pushed back onto your driveway by snowplows.

Do not shovel snow onto the roadway or into the cycle lanes.

Clear snow soon after it falls. It is more difficult to remove after it has been packed down.

Monitor current alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.


 

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