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A Delta gigantic nightmare commute

To say getting home was difficult is a big understatement and many drivers were still stuck in traffic during the overnight hours
Kittson Parkway was a gong show, as was the case with many other areas of the Lower Mainland.

Yes, it was a nightmare Tuesday night for Lower Mainland commuters, including those trying to drive through Delta.

The City of Delta on Facebook on Tuesday noted crews were hard at work preparing roads for the "upcoming snowfall this evening" but blowing snow began in the afternoon, becoming heavy by late afternoon and into the evening drive home.

What faced drivers was a nightmare as many routes were crawling or at a complete standstill. The Alex Fraser Bridge for an extended time didn't see traffic being able to get through thanks to many spun out vehicles and stuck semis. When lanes were starting to open up after midnight, drivers were warned to still expect long delays, and hours later heavy traffic continued to crawl.

The George Massey Tunnel had its own problems including an accident which forced the southbound side of Highway 99 closed.

It meant many hours of sitting and waiting for drivers, even well past midnight and into the overnight hours when the snow turned into a light shower.

Problems persisted in the region with DriveBC on Twitter warning overnight to expect heavy congestion.

Highway 99 southbound in Delta and into South Surrey was a crawl.

Ladner Trunk Road (Highway 10) heading toward Surrey was also a nightmare-plus and 104th Street proved to be no shortcut at all.

Kittson Parkway was a mess, with many vehicles not even able to get past the Highway 91 interchange to attempt the hill. Many other drivers opted to drive on the opposite side of the road, only to find themselves stuck behind vehicles that could not make it up.

Several good Samaritans at the hill tried pushing vehicles or shovelling around tires.

While drivers without proper tires were certainly a factor, many on social media were highly critical of road preparations and planning by municipalities and Mainroad. 

According to Environment Canada's latest forecast, Wednesday has a 60 per cent chance of showers in the morning and the daytime high will be plus-four degrees. Thursday is forecast to be sunny while Friday will have periods of snow or rain.

Environment Canada also says that on Wednesday morning , strong southwest winds will mix down wind gusts in the 40-to-70 km/h range. This may cause snow-covered tree branches to break and possible power outages.