The winter season kicked off on the Island with a proper winter storm on Monday, leading to widespread power outages and traffic incidents.
Conditions persisted into Tuesday morning, with thousands still without power on the South Island and icy roads and trails remaining an issue for commuters.
The CRD said crews were out sanding and de-icing bridges and steep areas on the Galloping Goose, E&N Rail Trail and Lochside high use areas.
Watch for ice, frost, and snow on regional parks and trails. #crdparks crews are out sanding & de-icing bridges and steep areas during daylight working hours on the Galloping Goose, E&N Rail Trail & Lochside high use areas. pic.twitter.com/RMieaYmTZS
— CRD (@crd_bc) December 22, 2020
The District of Saanich and Saanich Police both tweeted warnings for drivers to be careful on the roads despite indications of an early thaw, saying that residential roads could be slippery.
The District added that garbage and organics collection was on hold with Hartland landfill closed due to a fallen tree blocking access to the road.
#Saanich trucks have been out to ensure that the morning commute will be safe for all. Major roads are bare and wet. Residential roads will be slick.
— District of Saanich (@saanich) December 22, 2020
Meanwhile, thousands of customers were still without power in areas including Duncan, Saanich, Victoria and Langford.
BC Hydro said crews had made good progress throughout the night repairing damage, but would be continuing to work this morning.
“The hardest hit area continues to be primarily in Duncan, Victoria and Salt Spring Island and we have additional crews assisting with restoration efforts in the area,” BC Hydro said on their website. “Thanks for your patience.”
As of this publication Tuesday morning, 13,420 BC Hydro customers are still without power on Vancouver Island.