Treacherous road conditions mar Sea to Sky travel 

Seven Whistler Blackcomb lifts closed on Wednesday morning

click to flip through (2) SCREENSHOT - The DriveBC webcam at Alice Lake looking north as of 2:55 p.m. on Jan. 15.
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  • The DriveBC webcam at Alice Lake looking north as of 2:55 p.m. on Jan. 15.
 

Gusty winds in Howe Sound and snowfall in Vancouver have created treacherous conditions for drivers on Wednesday.

Environment Canada currently has a winter storm warning in effect for the Sea to Sky Highway between Whistler and Squamish, with total snow accumulations of 20 to 30 centimetres expected before tapering off on Thursday morning.

After warning of hurricane-force winds in Howe Sound early Wednesday morning, Environment Canada changed the alert to a blizzard warning just before 11 a.m. The agency predicts "gusty winds and visibility frequently near zero." As well, snowfall in excess of 30 cm is predicted to fall.

The winds will create blowing snow and low visibility conditions, Environment Canada said. The agency also has a freezing spray warning in effect, though it is expected to end this evening.

Environment Canada recommends postponing travel until conditions improve. However, if you do travel and become stranded, it is best to stay in your car to provide protection from the wind and cold.

There was an incident between Squamish and Vancouver at Wendy Point near Porteau Cove earlier this morning, though it was quickly cleared.

To keep up-to-date, visit drivebc.ca, weather.gc.ca and shiftintowinter.ca.

At Whistler Blackcomb, eight lifts were closed as of 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Closed lifts include the 7th Heaven Express, Franz's Chair, Peak Express, T-Bars including at Showcase and Horstman, and the Coca-Cola Tube Park.

For up-to-date conditions, check https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/mountain-conditions/terrain-and-lift-status.aspx.

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