Vancouver Snow
© Darryl Dyck/Canadian PressA couple walk on freshly fallen snow in downtown Vancouver on Saturday.
Several centimetres of snow hit Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley on Saturday night, leaving roads packed with snow and ice.

As much as eight centimetres fell in some areas, and Environment Canada said another five centimetres could fall by Monday morning at higher elevations.

However, rain was in the forecast for much of the region Sunday, and officials expected a lot of the snow would be washed away by evening.

By Sunday morning, most major arteries were cleared, but motorists were advised to drive cautiously since many back roads and side streets had not been plowed.

Vancouver snow
© Wayne Williams/CBCSnow falls in Vancouver Saturday night.
The weather caused some delays on the region's public transportation system, but TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider said precautions were taken overnight to ensure buses and trains were up and running.

"We've had the trains running through the night to keep the tracks clear of snow," he said.

"We've also got our de-icing units out there making sure the power rails don't freeze up. Same thing with the trolley wires, too, making sure that they don't freeze up and cause service issues. And so far, all that has been working."

Snider said TransLink pulled its articulated buses out of service Sunday morning, and HandyDart, which provides door-to-door public transit around B.C. for people with mobility problem, was reduced to essential service only.

"Bus service, of course, is only as good as the road conditions so depending on where it's been plowed, where it hasn't been plowed and so forth, the buses are more or less able to keep to schedule," he said.

"People just need to know that it's business unusual today. They will need to make sure they're dressed warm, [with] proper footwear, expect there's going to be longer than usual delays between buses and trains if they're caught standing out in the cold."