As with other airports on the west coast, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is beginning to see the effects of a snowfall warning issued for the major city and the south coast of BC on Sunday evening.
You might see some of YVR's Snow Ops fleet out on the airfield today. Crews are out in full force ensuring all of our passengers get on their way safely. If you are flying out of YVR, check the status of your flight with your airline before coming to the airport. pic.twitter.com/JqOIZ7bBs9— Vancouver Airport (@yvrairport) February 11, 2019
Environment Canada (EC) issued a snowfall warning for multiple suburbs in the city and the surrounding areas, with total amounts estimated to be 10 to 25-centimetres.
In their warning, EC explains that the snowfall is a result of a low pressure centre which deepened rapidly over southern Vancouver Sunday afternoon.
"Bands of heavy snow accompanying the low have produced widespread accumulations of 12 to 19 cm over southeastern Vancouver Island and 5 to 7 cm around the Lower Mainland with higher accumulations locally," EC reports.
"An additional 2 to 4 cm is expected for Vancouver, Victoria and Inland Vancouver Island."
Numerous flights entering and exiting Vancouver International Airport have been delayed or cancelled as a result of the snowstorm, though some remain on time or early.
YVR posted on their Twitter page reminding travellers to check the status of their flights, and to remind drivers to be safe on their way to and from the airport.
Winter weather conditions have arrived at YVR and crews are working to get passengers on their way as safely and quickly as possible. Check the status of your flight with your airline before coming to the airport and remember to give yourself some extra time to get here. Be safe!— Vancouver Airport (@yvrairport) February 11, 2019
The snowstorm is expected to stick around for several days, with Vancouver Island the target of a low pressure system on Monday and 10 to 15 cm of snow forecasted for the Island by Tuesday afternoon.