Vancouver Snowstorm Liveblog

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Metro Vancouver is grappling with a snowstorm that has clogged city traffic and knocked out power to some areas. (Instagram: marlowenorthcott/Twitter: shearbear4) | Instagram: marlowenorthcott/Twitter: shearbear4

Metro Vancouver residents found themselves battling icy roads, traffic jams and transit backups Wednesday as a snowstorm fell on the region.

The snow forced the closure of Simon Fraser University and ferry sailing cancellations.

It also shut down the Port Mann Bridge in both directions for several hours.

Follow our liveblog for more updates.

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@ DriveBC : SNOWFALL WARNING FOR FRASER CANYON; BOUNDARY; KOOTENAY LAKE;ELK VALLEY.;HEAVY SNOWFALL EXPECTED TONIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING.

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Snowy weather causes traffic to back up in both directions of the Cambie Bridge in Vancouver.

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(Photo credit: The Vancouver Lookout via Facebook)

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Port Mann Bridge reopens traffic in both directions.

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A downed power pole ignited a fire in a residential garage in South Vancouver on Wednesday afternoon, according to a Vancuver Fire & Rescue news release. Hazardous materials were identified to be in the garage and residents were evacuated. Traffic in the surrounding area was also diverted.

No injuries have been reported. Granville Street will reopen shortly to traffic.

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Engineers have given the green light to open the Port Man Bridge's westbound lanes.

Traffic camera picture (looking westbound) this evening:

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Twitter user @Randi_Realtor tweeted a picture of her friend's car reportedly damaged by ice falling from the Port Mann Bridge.

my friends car windshield smashed by ice falling from the New Port Mann Bridge, closed bridge down tday

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@ DriveBC : SNOWFALL WARNING FOR:

FRASER VALLEY - EAST INCLUDING CHILLIWACK HOWE SOUND WHISTLER.

Significant snowfall likely for tonight.

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@ yvrairport : @craighess We get it's frustrating, but all our crews,80+ pcs snow equipment, 24 de-icing trucks are working thru this near-record snowfall

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Multiple power wires have fallen across Vancouver. Locations include:
  • 4500 block of West 16th Avenue
  • Granville Street and Marpole Avenue
  • 4100 block of West 8th Avenue
  • 5300 block of Fraser Street
  • 300 block of East 29th Avenue

Vancouver Fire & Rescue give the following advice to drivers who may come across a fallen wire:

Vancouver – Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services is reporting multiple electrical wires down in the City. If you come across a downed line, please contact 911 and keep 10 metres away from the downed wire.

If your vehicle makes contact with an energized line, stay inside until help arrives.

If you are not injured and can safely drive the vehicle without increasing the hazard, drive at least 10 metres or 33 feet clear of the wire. Exiting the vehicle should be a last resort.

If you must get out of the vehicle due to an emergency such as a fire, jump out with your feet together. Do not contact the vehicle and the ground at the same time with any part of your body or clothing.

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Twitter user @shearbear4 tweeted a picture of her husband's windshield after crossing the Port Mann bridge on Wednesday afternoon.

my husbands car coming across the port man bridge 5 minutes ago

port mann ice damage

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The power is out on Fraser Street between 25th Avenue and Marine Drive after a tree fell on wires near Fraser Street and 40th Avenue, Translink said in an e-mail.

Here is your transit situation right now for 2:00 pm.

Tree has fallen down on the Trolley Overhead Wires at Fraser & 40th meaning no power on Fraser between 25th/Marine. 8 (Fraser/Downtown)service is detoured from Kingsway & Broadway via Kingsway to Slocan.

Tree down at 41st & Oak is causing bus delays for service to UBC on the 41 and 43 line.

Tree down at Granville & 16th has the 10 (Granville/Downtown) service detoured via Granville, Broadway, Oak in both directions.

Still there are some heavy delays on the West Side of Vancouver due to slippery road conditions.

Regards,

Derek Zabel

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The RCMP said in an e-mail that the Port Mann Bridge has been shut down in both directions.

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RCMP Lower Mainland District Traffic Services wishes to advise the public that the Port Mann bridge is shut down in both directions until further notice.

"The closure was necessary because falling ice from the bridge injured a motorist who required ambulance attendance, and damaged vehicles," says Sergeant Peter Thiessen, spokesperson for LMD Traffic Services.

"The bridge was closed for safety reasons, and will be re-opened as soon as the weather situation improves."

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As a blast of freezing winter weather hits Vancouver, homeless shelters are filling up, and some of the city’s most vulnerable are being left out in the cold. http://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-shelters-full-as-temperatures-drop-1.1085589

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@ shiral : East 4th at Commercial Dr. #snow #vancouver http://t.co/JyIQXQrS

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@ MrChrisMcCue : Tree needs duct tape at 6th & Blenheim. #Vancouver #snow http://t.co/7RaVKP7G

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The @Vancouriernews did a Storify of residents' reactions to the weather.

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