Vancouver airport seeing impacts of west coast snowstorm

Dayne Patterson | February 10, 2019 in Weather

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As with other airports on the west coast, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is beginning to see the effects of a snowfall warning issued for the major city and the south coast of BC on Sunday evening. 

Environment Canada (EC) issued a snowfall warning for multiple suburbs in the city and the surrounding areas, with total amounts estimated to be 10 to 25-centimetres. 

In their warning, EC explains that the snowfall is a result of a low pressure centre which deepened rapidly over southern Vancouver Sunday afternoon. 

"Bands of heavy snow accompanying the low have produced widespread accumulations of 12 to 19 cm over southeastern Vancouver Island and 5 to 7 cm around the Lower Mainland with higher accumulations locally," EC reports. 

"An additional 2 to 4 cm is expected for Vancouver, Victoria and Inland Vancouver Island."

Numerous flights entering and exiting Vancouver International Airport have been delayed or cancelled as a result of the snowstorm, though some remain on time or early.

Photo Credit: YVR
Arrivals to YVR can be seen on the left, with departures on the right.

Photo Credit: YVR
Arrivals to YVR can be seen on the left, with departures on the right.

YVR posted on their Twitter page reminding travellers to check the status of their flights, and to remind drivers to be safe on their way to and from the airport. 

The snowstorm is expected to stick around for several days, with Vancouver Island the target of a low pressure system on Monday and 10 to 15 cm of snow forecasted for the Island by Tuesday afternoon.

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