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Update: Richmond warned of icy roads, chilly days

Buckle up for icy roads and more delays on Thursday.

The snow has stopped for now but Richmondites can't relax just yet.

Environment Canada has issued an alert for falling temperatures and icy surfaces in Metro Vancouver, including Richmond, that is expected to last from tonight through Thursday.

Snow from last night's snowstorm is expected to melt due to rising temperatures during the day, but the outflow winds coming tonight will bring the temperature down "well below zero."

This means untreated road surfaces and sidewalks "could become icy overnight, potentially impacting the Thursday morning commute."

Frigid temperatures are expected to remain until Thursday night, and wet snow is expected to return on Friday.

Meanwhile, photos submitted to the Richmond News show multiple vehicles abandoned by drivers along Highway 91 eastbound, just before the Alex Fraser Bridge.

The vehicles are assumed to have been left along the highway from last night's major traffic delays due to the bridge closure from the snowy weather.

City of Richmond tweeted that crew and trucks have been "working through the night" to treat and clear streets.

"City trucks will continue doing multiple passes on these routes today with a focus on clearing remaining snow and working on turning lanes," reads the Twitter post.

In a separate incident, a snow plow is in a ditch on eastbound Highway 91 before the S curve, according to a Twitter post.

The vehicle is not blocking any lanes but is causing a visual distraction on Wednesday morning.


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