Snowfall has led to treacherous driving conditions on the Coquihalla and other high mountain roads in B.C.’s interior Monday while heavy winds and rain on the south coast caused several ferry cancellations.
Close to 50 centimetres of snow has fallen on the Coquihalla since Friday. That, combined with fog and icy conditions, produced numerous accidents and a complete shutdown of the highway and the Okanagan Connector.
The Coquihalla was closed for several hours in both directions. One southbound lane has since reopened. Northbound lanes remain closed, although detours around the closure are available.
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In Metro Vancouver, weather is being blamed for taking out part of the Stanley Park seawall yesterday.
Wind and waves damaged a 10- to 12-metre section of the outer wall between Third Beach and the Lions Gate Bridge. The area remains closed with no word yet as to when it may reopen.
High winds have led BC Ferries to cancel sailings between Tsawwassen and the southern Gulf Islands.
Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall says the extreme weather means sailings of the Queen of Burnaby have been halted for the day.
Sailings have also been suspended between Comox and Powell River to Texada Island and beyond to Cortez Island.
Marshall says service on those routes may resume Monday, depending on the weather.
She says weather conditions will be closely monitored to determine whether sailings will continue from the Lower Mainland to Vancouver Island.
Marshall says winds of 40 knots or more on major routes can lead to cancellations but other factors, including the direction of the wind, are also considered.
-With files from