The apocalypse Winter has descended upon Metro Vancouver.
Snow, followed by slush and falling temperatures have turned streets into dangerous slick surfaces.
— Margaret Doyle (@Magsedoyle) January 2, 2017
The good citizens of the region are doing their best, arming themselves with hammers...
A man chips away at the ice on the sidewalk in front of his house in Vancouver on Tuesday. (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
(Tip from the pros though: don't do that because you can damage tools, the surface, or yourself.)
With many stores sold out of road salt, the city is now gripped by the Great Salt Crisis of 2017.
Here we go again. Another long line for free salt growing - only moments after hundreds left empty-handed. pic.twitter.com/og3qY0IjI6— St John Alexander (@ctv_stjohn) January 4, 2017
People are lining up for HOURS at Vancouver fire halls for free salt.
Waiting for salt at Vancouver Fire Hall #14 and there is none at the moment pic.twitter.com/aQFBjhwvfB— Melissa Shaw (@Melissa_Shaw22) January 4, 2017
Police had to be called when crowds got out of control at three fire halls on Tuesday.
And now, there's a brisk salt trade on Craigslist.
So far this winter, the City of Vancouver has gone through about 7,000 tonnes of salt, which is seven times the average amount used in each of the previous two winters.
More snow is forecast for the next few days.
But this being Vancouver, do not fear. The bike lanes are all clear.
With files from The Canadian Press
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