Snowy conditions on Cedar Road south of Nanaimo on Tuesday, Dec. 20. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Snowy conditions on Cedar Road south of Nanaimo on Tuesday, Dec. 20. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Snow piles up in Nanaimo as winter officially arrives

As much as 25-30 centimetres of snow fell over most of the city this week

Nanaimo got a significant snowfall, but the snowfall warning has now ended.

As much as 25-30 centimetres of snow fell overnight and there is a 60 per cent chance of flurries still in the forecast today, with local amounts up to 5cm, according to Environment Canada. A low of -7 C and -14 C with wind chill is forecast overnight.

According to a service notice from B.C. Ferries, while the first round-trip sailing for Tsawwassen to Duke Point was cancelled, conditions have improved and the 10:15 a.m. ferries from Tsawwassen and Duke Point have both departed.

For the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route, the 6:15 and 8:25 a.m. sailings leaving West Vancouver and Departure Bay were cancelled.

A social media post from RDN Transit says most buses are still operating on regular routing, with minor details on routes 5 (Fairview), 6 (Harewood), 7 (Cinnabar), 15 (VIU Connector), 30 (NRGH) and 40 (VIU Express). The 70 (NCX Nanaimo-Cowichan Express) is running as usual, RDN Transit said.

The City of Nanaimo said road crews are out and garbage and recycling pickup for today, Dec. 20, has been cancelled.

While city recreational facilities were closed for the morning, and an 11:15 a.m. update noted all registered programs were cancelled, Nanaimo Ice Centre, Cliff McNabb Arena and Beban Pool are open for drop-in sessions, while Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Beban Park weight rooms, Frank Crane Arena, Beban social centre and Oliver Woods Community Centre would open for drop-ins and rentals at noon.

Nanaimo Aquatic Centre pool will open for drop-in programs and rentals at 1 p.m., the city said.

Drivers are advised to postpone non-essential travel until road conditions improve. Nanaimo RCMP reminded drivers to make sure their vehicles are clear of snow before they go out on the roads.

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