Heavy Snow Hits Metro Vancouver Ahead of 'Big Winter Storm'

Heavy snow was already reducing visibility across metro Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday afternoon, January 4, as meteorologists warned that a “big winter storm” would create hazardous travel conditions overnight from Wednesday into Thursday.

This footage, recorded by resident Franke James, shows conditions in the Canadian city’s Gastown neighborhood, overlooking Vancouver Harbour, James said.

The heavy snow expected to arrive on Wednesday evening prompted a rare winter storm warning for Metro Vancouver, with Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasting close to 8 inches (20 cm) for areas of Metro Vancouver, and up to 12 inches (30 cm) for areas north and east of the city, including Howe Sound and Fraser Valley.

Officials urged people to drive cautiously and to avoid non-essential travel until conditions improved. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous,” Environment Canada said. Credit: Franke James via Storyful

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