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Lower Mainland drivers warned to be ready for snowy weather

Drivers on region's roads are advised to prepare for snowy and slushy conditions as winter weather returns.
Snow on McBride causing traffic congestion during a winter storm in November.

Just when we thought we should get spring-ready, winter weather is striking back.

After last night’s wind warning, another advisory has been issued for the Metro Vancouver region, this time by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, cautioning drivers to be be ready for snowy and slushy conditions with snow flurries possible tonight and into Wednesday.

With more winter weather expected over the weekend, the ministry says its road and bridge maintenance contractors will monitor road conditions and will be out to plow, sand and salt provincial roads as necessary.

Snow and ice technicians will keep an eye on conditions at the Port Mann and Alex Fraser bridges, where snow wreaked havoc earlier this winter. And technicians will mobilize if there is accumulation on bridge cables.

The Weather Network is projecting as much as 10 cm of snow on Saturday, and five cm on Sunday.

Drivers are reminded to ensure their vehicles are properly equipped with winter tires, to avoid unnecessary travel when weather conditions are poor and to prepare for delays and longer commutes.

They are also reminded to assist maintenance crews by providing space for them on highways and moving over safely when they see a vehicle with an amber light approaching — allowing crews to improve road conditions to reduce hazards for drivers.

For up-to-date information about road conditions, visit:

— With files from Julie MacLellan