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Update: Canada Post downgrades Metro Vancouver service alert

Canada Post's red service alert for the region, following Tuesday's big dump of snow, is now yellow
Canada Post and the union representing carriers have reached a deal to avoid any labour action.
Canada Post had issued a red service alert for Metro Vancouver, following Tuesday's big dump of snow

Canada Post  has downgraded its red service alert after Tuesday's significant snowfall across Metro Vancouver.

The postal service had issued a red service alert for the region on Tuesday evening, temporarily suspended all deliveries until it was “safe to do so.”

But it downgraded that alert to yellow at around 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, meaning it will do its best to deliver, but "there may be delays."

It will come as a relief to thousands of people likely relying on the service with only a few days left to Christmas.

Red service alerts have also been issued in the Fraser Valley and South Vancouver Island.

Canada Post said the safety of employees is its number one priority and delivery will resume once conditions improve and it’s safe to do so.

The 25 centimetres of snow that fell Monday night into Tuesday has caused widespread disruption across the Metro Vancouver transit system and especially at YVR, where scores of flights were cancelled or delayed.

Even today, the airport announced that it was temporarily limiting the number of international arrivals until it has cleared the backlog of flights from yesterday.

More snow and freezing rain is on the way late Thursday into Friday, as an Arctic air blast continues to cause problems for Metro Vancouver.