An overnight snowfall in Lower Mainland has proved to be a slippery commute for Surrey drivers Friday (Jan. 10).
Environment Canada has issued a windfall warning and snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver.
Between five to 25 centimetres of snowfall is expected to accumulate by noon Friday depending on elevation.
Friday afternoon, Environment Canada tweeted that Surrey saw about 12 centimetres throughout the day.
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) January 10, 2020
“An intense Pacific frontal system is producing snow over Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley this morning,” the weather agency reports.
The City of Surrey’s snow-clearing crews were prepped with thousands of tonnes of salt, and on online snow plow tracker for residents to see which are the priority roads to be cleared.
An online tool the City of Surrey launched last winter is continuing this year. It allows residents to keep tabs on where snow trucks are and to see which roads have been plowed.
See it for yourself at 511portal.com/surrey, AKA Surrey Plow Tracker.
Around 10:30 a.m., Delta Police tweeted that the Alex Fraser Bridge was shut down due to falling ice. It has since partially reopened. Drive BC tweeted that an assessment is in progress and crews are on scene.
About 6,600 customers are without power in Surrey as of 12:50 p.m. Causes of the outages range from wire down to tree down across wire to motor vehicle accident. Some are still under investigation.
For updates on the power outages, click here.
Around 1:30, three eastbound lanes on the Port Mann Bridge closed while crews worked to clear ice. The two 152nd Street exit lanes are flowing, Surrey RCMP said.
– with files from Patrick Penner
— Lauren Collins (@laurenpcollins1) January 10, 2020
With low temperatures and potential snow in the forecast, our snow crews are staffed up and ready to respond. As of early this morning, we’re running continuous 12-hour shifts until the threat of ice and snow is gone. Learn how we keep major roads safe at https://t.co/33dD8y0bT8 pic.twitter.com/5Oy0oWHc03
— City of Surrey (@CityofSurrey) January 9, 2020
— DriveBC LM (@DriveBC_LM) January 10, 2020
Strong wind & snow warnings for parts of #BC today.
— E-Comm 9-1-1 (@EComm911_info) January 10, 2020
We're pretty lucky to have such awesome students and staff who take their own time to help clear the snow and make the school grounds safe for everyone. Thank you! You rock! ❄️😁 @Surrey_Schools pic.twitter.com/ueiwv9BGRy
— @Guildford Park (@GPSabres1) January 10, 2020
Be a good a neighbour and help others clear their sidewalks 👊🏿 https://t.co/GuvZIYnDVc
— BC LIONS (@BCLions) January 10, 2020