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BC Ferries has to cancel sailings due to freezing conditions on ship

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Customers with reservations will see them canceled and refunded, and Tuesday trips will “go back to sleep”.

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Up to 10 centimeters of snow forecast for Metro Vancouver on Wednesday and Thursday

An incoming “Alaska low” will bring moisture to the BC coast on Wednesday and Thursday, with that moisture falling as snow due to arctic weather now gripping the region.

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According to The Weather Network, snowfall could reach 10 centimeters in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.

β€œThis system is starting to impact the coasts Wednesday night, falling more heavily for Thursday morning commuters. With winds reaching 40 to 50 km / h at this time, people should be prepared for blowing snow and dangerous driving, ”the forecaster said in his latest bulletin.

β€œBeyond that, the daytime highs remain below zero for the coasts until the end of the week. The weekend has seen temperatures rise above freezing for more, but with quite a bit of rain and perhaps even brief spells of light snow, with an unstable week beyond.

BC Ferries canceled Tuesday’s crossings between Tsawwassen and Duke Point because the weather is ravaging the ship.

The 10:15 am departure from Tsawwassen and the 12:45 pm departure from Duke Point of the Queen of New Westminster have been canceled “due to freezing weather conditions today, causing the lines to freeze over. water, toilet closures and unsafe conditions on vehicle decks. “the ferry company said in a statement.

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The 3:15 p.m. Tsawwassen and 5:45 p.m. Duke Point outings have also been canceled.

Customers with reservations will see them canceled and refunded, and Tuesday trips will “go back to sleep”.

Anyone with some travel flexibility is encouraged to consider the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route between North Vancouver and Nanaimo, or Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay to Sidney.

BC Ferries apologized for the inconvenience and said it is working to resolve the freezing issues.

BC Hydro records record electricity consumption during cold front

British Columbia set a record demand for electricity on Monday night due to extremely low temperatures across much of the province.

BC Hydro said that between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on December 27, “demand for electricity reached a record high of 10,902 megawatts, which is higher than the previous record of 10,577 megawatts set in 2020,” said Hydro spokesperson Simi Heer in a statement. .

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“The record represents a single point in the hour when demand for electricity was highest yesterday,” Heer said. “Most of the increase is likely due to the additional home heating required during this cold snap.”

Aggregate demand has remained high since Friday, although Monday’s peak was an 18% jump from Christmas Eve.

While there are no looming supply issues, Heer urged British Columbians to avoid peak hours to relieve pressure on the grid. Little things like doing laundry and running dishwashers earlier in the day help, Heer said.

It can also help lower your thermostat to around 16 Β° C when you sleep, to 18 Β° when cleaning or staying active, and only set it to 21 Β° when relaxing or watching TV.

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Heated shelters are opening throughout the region

Update: The city of Vancouver has increased capacity and extended the opening of warming centers until January 2 in response to extreme weather conditions.

The extreme cold that triggered an Arctic exit warning for Metro Vancouver and the south coast is expected to continue at least until Thursday, when conditions are expected to ease somewhat.

Meanwhile, the warming centers that popped up in Vancouver on Friday, providing a warm place to stay for people stuck in cold temperatures outside, are expected to remain open.

Managed by partner agencies, community centers, outreach program staff and funded by BC Housing, shelters are a lifesaving solution for people sleeping outside when the temperature drops to -5 Β° C or below.

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Communities in the region have also opened emergency shelters, some of which are beyond their capacity.

– With a file from Sarah Grochowsk I

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All of Western Canada Receives Warnings of Extreme Cold Weather

EDMONTON – Frigid temperatures and arctic air have sent shivers through most of the western provinces with wind chills down to -55 Β° C.

Environment Canada says all of Alberta and most of British Columbia and Saskatchewan, as well as parts of Manitoba and Ontario, are subject to extreme cold warnings.

He indicates that the wind chill can vary between –40 Β° C and –55 Β° C in Edmonton and Calgary.

He said exit winds from the Arctic and low temperatures were also forecast for much of British Columbia, with the mercury dipping to near or below –20 Β° C.

– The Canadian Press

Walk like a penguin and other cold weather tips

There is already snow on the ground and now temperatures in Metro Vancouver are plunging to -20 Β° C thanks to a blast of arctic air.

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So we went back to our archives to find some tips to get you through the next winter days, including how to walk icy streets (hint: penguins know best), the best snow shoveling techniques, and how to stay. warm and safe during cold spells.

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How to keep pets safe when it’s very cold

Do you have a pandemic puppy who is experiencing extreme cold for the first time? Or are you just wondering what to do to keep Rover safe during this unusually cold spell?

With the BC cold snap mimicking the type of wintry weather that’s normal for the neighboring Alberta course, we turned to the SPCA for advice on how to help your pet stay healthy. safe and warm during those cold days and nights.

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