A snowstorm hit Vancouver and people are not handling it well
People in Vancouver got hit with a bunch of snow as rare winter weather continues to touch down in most of Southern B.C.
Before 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, more than 20 cm of snow had already been recorded in Victoria, according to the Weather Network.
Downtown Vancouver at 7am #BCStorm #pacificCentre #WestGeorgiaSt #VancouverSnow pic.twitter.com/mlGu9SxKel— Vincent (@vincentnes) January 15, 2020
Conditions forced school closures in every school district across the Lower Mainland, with significant delays due to inclement weather reported from Metro Vancouver's bus and SkyTrain services.
#VancouverSnow @TransLink got stuck again!!! 😫😫 vancouver doesn’t really know how to handle snow 😫😫😫 pic.twitter.com/cAuekIHKT1— SUZANNE (@callmezanne) January 15, 2020
As a city that doesn't get much snow, and really isn't equipped to handle a this kind of winter storm, you can imagine that people aren't handling this rare weather all that well.
Those of us who made it in to the office have spent the past 30min exchanging ‘snow stories’🤣🤣🤣. Glad most of the sidewalks I have encountered this morning were either walkable or being cleared. #VancouverSnow pic.twitter.com/N7u0t5quT6— WNgugi (@WarpBlaze) January 15, 2020
For instance, this man was scene shoveling with a folding chair.
This man from BC was caught shovelling snow with a folding chair 😂- 📹 @kahlilashanti #Canada #BC #YVR #BCStorm pic.twitter.com/cDo0LuDQcA— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) January 15, 2020
And this man was seen shoveling with a dustpan.
Sent from my buddy out there, Vancouver is always ready for the rain but the white stuff is a whole different story. #vancouversnowstorm2020 #VancouverSnow #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/j9GCTx4oC4— Troy Charles (@Troy__Charles) January 15, 2020
Skytrain attendants even went as far as using hockey sticks to deice train doors.
SkyTrain attendants at Commercial-Broadway are using hockey sticks to de-ice the frozen doors. TransLink says expect delays this morning. pic.twitter.com/WxotMzvTwG— Jason D'Souza (@CBCdsouza) January 15, 2020
But apparently using household items to shovel isn't that uncommon in a city that doesn't appear to own many shovels.
Here's a reminder to Vancouverites that brooms, folding chairs, swiffers, rakes, pool cleaners/nets, and like objects can be used to clear snow. Let's get creative, bc who really owns a shovel in this town (based on the current condition of the sidewalks)? #vancouversnowstorm2020 pic.twitter.com/VtEnHa3vfJ— Amanda Slaunwhite (@prosretro) January 15, 2020
This kind of weather is historic for these parts of Vancouver Island. Accumulations of up to half a metre is possible for higher terrain of the island, while 20 to 30 cm will be widespread at lower elevations, according to the Weather Network.
The rough weather made it difficult for transit to run smoothly,
Vancouver? Snow? Buses going up an incline? Fuhgeddaboudit!#vancouversnowstorm2020 pic.twitter.com/CcEHf91CDe— Alex Migdal (@alexem) January 15, 2020
Some people had to get creative with their modes of transportation, including this skier who took to the streets.
🇨🇦 Vancouver, British Columbia: People are actually skiing on the road 😭. #Vancouver #vancouversnowstorm2020 #ExtremeColdWarning #Toronto pic.twitter.com/QNxjxMKQDR— Canadamania (@Kanadavision) January 14, 2020
For some locals the snow hasn't been all that bad. The Vancouver Aquarium reported that their residents have been enjoying the weather.
At least 7 locals are enjoying the #VancouverSnow!❄️ We're open today so stop by for some cocoa and an otter-ly adorable winter wonderland. pic.twitter.com/y9SJeLTSMm— Vancouver Aquarium (@vanaqua) January 13, 2020
While the snow should start to slow down by the end of the day, Vancouver is still in for some messy weather heading into the evening according to Environment Canada. Flurries are expected to change to a few rain showers near midnight.
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