Dozens of collisions have been reported since the snow started falling, and sticking to the ground, on Sunday.

Authorities closed the Malahat Highway between West Shore Parkway and Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road due to the heavy snowfall and dangerous road conditions. The highway was reopened two hours later around 8 p.m.

Another major Vancouver Island roadway, Pat Bay Highway from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal to Keating Cross Road, was also shut down after slick conditions caused at least dozen crashes, according to RCMP.

Over in Metro Vancouver, Drive BC reported several collisions on the Alex Fraser Bridge, describing the roads as having "compact snow with slippery sections and heavy snowfall causing limited visibility."

Icy conditions create transit delays 

Commuters relying on transit can expect to see long delays, warned Translink.

The Expo Line trains to Production Way are terminating at Columbia Station "due to track issues."

Translink has set up a shuttle train between Columbia Station and Lougheed Station.

Bus riders are also told to expect delays of up to an hour due to the road conditions.

Up to 15 cm expected

Earlier in the afternoon, Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

The weather agency warns five to 10 cm of snow is expected to blanket much of Metro Vancouver, the North Shore, Greater Victoria, the southern Gulf Islands, and east and inland Vancouver Island. 

It said the heaviest snowfall is expected on parts of the island where the Malahat Highway and Lake Cowichan area will see about 10 to 15 cm of snow through Monday morning. 




Environment Canada reminds motorists to adjust their driving for changing road conditions.

Drive BC suggests drivers slow down, keep sufficient distance from the car in front of you and allow enough time to brake in these slippery conditions.