Snowstorm live: North Vancouver hit with car crashes, power outage

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It is snowing heavily across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, with a warning issued for drivers to expect delays on Highway 1 in North Vancouver near the intersection with Mountain Highway after an earlier multi-vehicle accident.

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More than 12,000 homes in North Vancouver lost power at 1:10 p.m. but this was reduced to 3,000 within an hour.

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Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the region at 5 a.m. Sunday, as an arctic front moves west driven by strong winds.

The snowfall is expected to end on Sunday evening but be followed by the sudden onset of cold that will produce treacherous driving and walking conditions. The warning was lifted at 3:30 p.m.

The Fraser Valley will see accumulations of up to 15 cm, with Metro Vancouver receiving an estimated 10 cm.

Very cold windchills as low as minus 10 degrees will occur by later this afternoon for Metro Vancouver. Wind chills will be as low as minus 15 to 20 degrees for the Fraser Valley.

This rapid cooling following the snow means wet exposed surfaces on roads and sidewalks could freeze rapidly and become hazardous, Environment Canada warns.

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Traffic conditions

Several vehicles crashed on the Mountain Highway exit on to Highway 1 in North Vancouver on Sunday morning.

The problem has been resolved and lanes are open but drivers are asked to avoid the area and to expect delays between Mountain Highway and Lynn Valley Road.

The south-bound lane of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge was also closed earlier Sunday due to a stall but the problem is resolved though there remains a buildup of traffic in the area.

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Vancouver International Airport is asking travellers to go online to check whether their flights have been delayed due to the weather.

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