OTTAWA, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Heavy snowfall and low visibility from a robust winter storm blanketing Pacific Canada pressured the nation’s second busiest airport in Vancouver to halt all flights on Tuesday morning, with disruptions anticipated to proceed forward of the Christmas weekend.
The Vancouver Worldwide Airport mentioned the storm has had “an unprecedented affect on flights” and brought about mass cancellations in a single day.
“Journey continues to be considerably impacted this morning and we anticipate cancellations and delays to proceed by the day and the week forward,” the airport mentioned in a press release.
A low stress system from the Pacific Ocean mixed with very chilly Arctic air over British Columbia dragged temperatures down and introduced as much as 25 cm of snow to elements of the western province in a single day, a meteorologist with Setting Canada mentioned.
Crews had been clearing the airfield and plane of snow and ice to get planes and other people transferring once more, the Vancouver airport mentioned.
Information from airline monitoring web site Flightaware confirmed an almost 200 flights scheduled to reach or depart on Tuesday had been cancelled, with one other 67 delayed.
The Vancouver area was experiencing a “vital winter storm” that’s anticipated to carry extra snow within the morning earlier than the climate clears out by midday, Setting Canada meteorologist Ross MacDonald mentioned.
“We’re nonetheless within the thick of it proper now,” MacDonald mentioned early Tuesday morning.
Setting Canada issued excessive chilly, snowfall and arctic outflow warnings for many of British Columbia, urging individuals to decorate warmly and look ahead to hazardous driving circumstances over the subsequent couple of days.
The storm was additionally anticipated to carry the nasty weather to a big swath of america, extending from the Northwest and Nice Plains southeast into the Appalachians.
It can doubtless result in flight delays and impassable roadways throughout one of many busiest journey durations of the yr, the Nationwide Climate Service warned.
Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa; Modifying by Josie Kao
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