Representatives from multiple agencies will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to update preparations for the next winter storm.
Bringing together Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Preparedness, and other representatives from the Ministry; Rob Fleming, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, among others; representatives from the River Forecast Centre; and representatives from Environment and Climate Change Canada.
The press conference will cover how to prepare for the winter storm and other news.
You can watch live updates here:
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Much of B.C.’s south coast remains buried under centimeters of snow due to Tuesday’s storm, Another Winter Storm Snow headed to the area is expected to dump another 20cm of snow by Christmas Eve.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Whistler, Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island starting Thursday.
A second round of snow is expected to begin Thursday night before turning to rain Friday night on Vancouver Island and Greater Vancouver. Freezing rain is possible as the frigid arctic air mass begins to dissipate across the province.
“The exact amount of precipitation and when it will turn to rain remains uncertain at this time, but there is general agreement that the combination of impactful weather will begin early Friday,” Environment Canada said in an advisory released Wednesday afternoon. “
The Bureau of Meteorology warned heavy snow could make travel difficult in some places. Snow may also blow due to strong easterly winds, which will cause near-zero visibility.
Drivers advised to avoid travel on Friday unless it is an emergency
Mainroad Contracting is warning people not to drive on Friday unless there is an emergency.
The storm is expected to bring heavy snow followed by freezing rain, making travel “dangerous” and could force highway closures due to icy conditions.
Once temperatures warm up and precipitation turns to rain, “there’s going to be a very high chance of flooding and snow accumulation blocking drainage channels,” Mainroad said. Potholes can also develop with rapid temperature changes in the subgrade.
It is recommended that the driver and driving bc Get the latest information on road conditions before any trip.
BC Hydro expects major damage to system
BC Hydro said it was “preparing for the possibility of significant disruption to its system in the coming days, particularly on the south coast.”
Crown Corporation is closely monitoring weather conditions and is preparing to restore power as soon as the lights go out. “While snow is expected, the forecast freezing rain — especially in parts of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island — is most likely to cause problems for the power system,” Hydro spokeswoman Susie Rieder said in a statement Thursday. said the statement.
Ice can accumulate on trees and branches, making them brittle and heavy, and it can settle on wires and electrical equipment, Rieder explained.
All available Hydro workers, contractors, vegetation managers and support staff are on standby, Rieder said. But she warned that challenging driving conditions could lead to slower travel at some times during the storm.
Extreme cold sparks another hydro usage record
BC Hydro says peak hour electricity demand is at another record high.
The severe cold across the province saw customers draw 10,900 megawatts of electricity between 5 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the second time this week a new record was set.
“The extreme cold has British Columbians turning up the heat, so we’re seeing record demand for electricity,” said BC Hydro spokeswoman Susie Rieder. “Last night’s consumption was 15% higher than the peak hourly demand recorded last Wednesday before the cold snap started. above.”
Before this week, the all-time consumption record was set in December 2021 at 10,762 MW. It was broken on Monday, consuming 0,800 megawatts of electricity.
However, capacity is not an issue. Rieder praised BC Hydro’s “large integrated hydropower system” for meeting demand.
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