Evening: Note there’s a wind warning for the northeast part of Vancouver Island. In other areas, Environment Canada is warning of freezing rain, over inland and eastern regions of Vancouver Island and the Malahat Highway. Temperatures will be above zero, meaning the melting continues. Be wary of black ice early in the morning.
Morning: The overnight snowfall is now sitting in above-zero temperatures, meaning that the snow will become heavy and slushy. Rain will later add a layer of ice on top of that snow. Today’s temperature tops out at 5 degrees, and that will continue overnight into tomorrow.
Images from today appear below the Alerts section.
Alerts and notices
(most recent will be near the top)
11:00 am, BC Transit: Route 61: Back to servicing West Coast and Grant Rd. Not servicing Quartz or Pyrite. Detour: from Otter Point, left Grant, left West Coast to regular route. Due to heavy snow and road conditions, many of the bus routes are suspended. For more information regarding this advisory, please visit the advisory details page.
5:05 am: Environment Canada: Heavy snow becoming mixed with rain or patchy freezing rain this morning. Additional snowfall accumulation: Trace to 2 cm. Other threats include Freezing rain over inland and eastern regions of Vancouver Island and the Malahat Highway. Through the morning, snow will change to freezing rain over inland areas such as Port Alberni, Lake Cowichan and also for the Malahat Highway. During the same period, there is also a risk of freezing rain for Victoria and East Vancouver Island. By early afternoon, precipitation will have changed to rain.
BC Hydro is warning of frozen wires. If you lose power, this may be why.
#BCStorm update: This heavy snow makes for some challenging conditions for our crews. Here’s a look at a fallen tree on one of our lines near #UBC. For the latest outage updates, please check our mobile site: https://t.co/JY7BGL1bO4 #YVR #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/RgWjfyEmVj
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) January 6, 2022
Current outages list (as of 10:37 am affecting under 25 customers, from the SPN Weather page)
- Current Outage – 5300 block SOOKE RD
- Current Outage – 7600 block WEST COAST RD
- Current Outage – 7200 block ELLA RD
- Current Outage – East of SEA LION WAY, West of SOOKE RD
Most schools (post-secondary, secondary and elementary) if not all are closed. Call before you go.
— CFAX1070 (@cfax1070) January 6, 2022
Images from social media, all linked to their original source
— BC Transportation (@TranBC) January 6, 2022
Snow shoveling tips. Warm up your arms, shoulders, back and legs before you start. Bundle up as you’re less likely to strain a muscle if you are warm. Take things slow, don’t overexert, this is wet & heavy snow. Keep a phone nearby should you need to call for help. #BCstorm pic.twitter.com/kc9xQMYa6F
— JdF Emerg Program (@JdFemerg) January 6, 2022
— Kimberley (@KimberWitch) January 6, 2022
Elsewhere on the Island:
— Skye Ryan (@SkyeRyanCHEK) January 6, 2022