B.C. hit with another winter storm
It appears that the blanket of snow covering the B.C coast isn't going away anytime soon.
Another winter storm is expected to hit the province Friday, dumping as much as 10 centimetres of fresh powder onto the already snowy region.
Environment Canada says a new layer of the white stuff is expected to hit metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and the eastern part of Vancouver Island.
"There's a warm front coming in from the west that's going to bring more precipitation, and unfortunately that's going to start out as snow," said meteorologist John McIntyre.
Although most airports are reporting they are almost through the massive backlog of passengers caused by a storm earlier this week, it's a good idea to check ahead before going to the airport.
Transit services in B.C.'s Lower Mainland are -- for the most part -- back on track as slightly warmer temperatures make the roads slushy, but passable.
In the coming days, rising temperatures are expected to cause more problems for B.C.
As the snow melts, house and business owners are being advised to keep an eye out for flooding around their properties -- especially around drains, gutters and downspouts.
Conditions are also ideal for avalanches on the mountains. The Canadian Avalanche Centre has issued a special warning for the south coast and north shore regions.
The centre says its unusual to have a warning this early in the season, and is warning inexperienced skiers to be careful and stay off the slopes over the next few days.
In the dark
BC Hydro crews worked through Christmas Day to restore power to thousands of customers and businesses without electricity in the Lower Mainland.
At the peak of B.C.'s inclement weather Wed., more than 30,000 were in the dark in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. That number had been reduced to 6,000 by Christmas Day. The majority of failures were blamed on trees and wires falling onto transmission lines.
A white Christmas
Most of Canada was hit with winter storms in the week leading up to Christmas.
Even normally balmy Victoria at one point saw 41 centimetres of snow -- more than any other major Canadian city.
In southern Ontario, the snow has stuck around since Dec. 17, the first of three major storms that were dubbed "snowmaggedon" by Environment Canada.