Commuters were met with extreme delays Tuesday evening (Nov. 29) after the Lower Mainland saw its first snowfall of the winter season – leaving many in a lurch.
At 8:40 p.m., Drive BC was reporting delays along several major routes in Surrey, Langley and Vancouver. Due to a number of vehicle incidents, the Alex Fraser Bridge was closed in both directions.
In the Port Kells area, acccess to the Golden Ears connector and Highway 1 was met with standstill traffic due to vehicles getting stuck on the steep hill along Highway 15.
Bus loop exchange at Surrey Central looks closed off as I saw orange pylons there.— ReaktorField (@reaktor_field) November 30, 2022
Still absolutely chaotic here.
Buses are stuck and aren't going anywhere.#BCStorm #SurreyBC #Snowstorm pic.twitter.com/jC4b9dUCl5
Out for 1.5 hours on the road this evening with great snow tires but the roads in Langley and Surrey have not been touched by any snow removal. Spin outs everywhere, 200th northbound closed, buses stuck, etc. Crazy.— Lorraine Baldwin 🇨🇦 (@L__Baldwin) November 30, 2022
My partner has been stuck in an uber for almost 5 hours trying to get from New West to Delta - absolutely insane out there.— JASMEET (@jxsangha) November 30, 2022
A snowfall warning is in effect across the Lower Mainland.
As of 3:30 p.m. Environment Canada forecast the heaviest snowfall in North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Maple Ridge, with 10 to 20 centimetres expected and as much as 25 cm over higher terrain.
For the city of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Delta, Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford, 10 to 15 cm of snow was expected. For Chilliwack and Hope, 20 to 25 cm of snow was anticipated from this evening to Wednesday evening.
“On Wednesday morning, strong southwest winds will mix down wind gusts in the 40 to 70 km/h range. This may cause snow-covered tree branches to break and possible power outages,” the warning read.
The City of Surrey has a snow plow tracker on their website.
Commutes impacted Tuesday:
- Alex Fraser Bridge closed in both directions as of 8:40 p.m.
- Lions Gate Bridge centre lane closed overnight due to weather conditions.
- Hwy 99 southbound offramp to Sea Island Way in Richmond closed due to poor conditions.
This accident happened on 160th St between 28th and 30th Ave in South Surrey on Tuesday Nov. 29.(Video from Erica Kreeft/ Facebook)
“Started at 3pm from UBC, still at work and still on road before tunnel, no sign of going home tonight… not liking this snow anymore. All roads leading to Surrey or Vancouver are jammed. Anybody else who’s stuck like me???” stated Preeti Walia in a Facebook post.