Thursday, January 16th 2020, 12:40 pm - Storm prompted school closures and caused transit delays and widespread power outages
British Columbia is in the midst of a potent winter storm, which has brought heavy snowfall and damaging winds across the South Coast this week. The good news is it is expected to gradually die down through Thursday.
But before it winds down, there are widespread power outages, school closures and transit delays to deal with. On top of that, more rounds of snow will linger into Friday morning, with yet another system that threatens more low-elevations snow for the beginning of this weekend.
The current storm forced widespread school closures and made travel next to impossible, while strong winds cancelled some ferry crossings. Thursday will have some lingering impacts and additional closures, as well.
According to BC Hydro, more than 16,000 customers remained without power in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island early Thursday, which is down from the 23,000 that were left in the dark at the peak of the storm on Wednesday.
Powerful wind gusts reaching 70-90 km/h lashed parts of the South Coast, while hurricane-force winds up to 130 km/h prompted rare blizzard warnings in the Howe Sound area.
The storm has prompted many to take to social media to post pictures and videos. Here are the latest.
🇨🇦 Vancouver, British Columbia: Truck hits a police car 👀. #Vancouver #BCStorm #snowmaggedon2020 https://t.co/W6KdG9VAR3Canadamania on Twitter
Canadian busses in the winter is a gd mood.✨💀TJ 💀✨ on Twitter
Calm this morning w/ Light wind, and -4°C #SurreyBC #BCStorm #bcsnow #ShareYourWeatherKyle Marshall on Twitter
Thanks to Dave and @SD36Facilities @Surrey_Schools crew, LAM is in good shape this morning! #lamlearns #sd36learn #surreyschools #SurreyBC #BCStormKeith Jones on Twitter
BCStorm #campbellriver , Snow is starting to melt fast for #snowmaggedon2020 No plows for the City of Campbell River means no Work!Stephen Bradley on Twitter
Good morning, West #Kootenay. 17cm overnight and still coming. #BonningtonBC #BCStormDan Szabo on Twitter
A better start today in #BCStorm .. power outs .. some schools closed .. another burst of wet snow enroute .. see @weathernetwork https://t.co/V4fdPYjlvtChris St.Clair on Twitter
Calm between the storm. #bcstorm #nanaimo light snowfall and 0 Degrees calm wind @50ShadesofVan @alberniweatherMason Salmon on Twitter
Yesterdays snow storm on Highway 1 in BC, the winds also cancelled ferries yesterday and today! #Snowmaggedon2020 #BCStormCapt. Wayne Luke on Twitter
🌨 Weather update: Every truck in the fleet is on the road tonight. Drivers are currently changing over to the new shifts. With less traffic on #RichmondBC roads now, we will have the trucks work in pairs to try to plow & open all lanes on the priority routes.City of Richmond on Twitter
Thumbnail courtesy of Kyle Marshall.