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Black ice slows Monday's commute in Vancouver

Staff writers
January 15, 2013 — It's been a busy couple of days for city crews in Vancouver as snow and black ice cause problems on the roads.

Ice and light snow resulted in long line-ups Monday
Ice and light snow resulted in long line-ups Monday

It was a frustrating day for commuters across Metro Vancouver on Monday. 

Stalled buses lined busy city streets and snow and black ice resulted in several road closures.  

"As the black ice worsened, salters were called upon to do their part," says The Weather Network's Ian Jacobs who dealt with Monday's brutal morning commute. "Road closures and long line ups couldn't be avoided on a morning that saw a mixture of snow, rain, and below zero temperatures." 

Crews were gradually able to get buses moving again, but there were still delays reported throughout the day.

"The messy mix was the result of a little trough that pushed through," says Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "And because temperatures were sitting at the freezing mark, ice and freezing drizzle coated the roads." 

According to Vaswani, Tuesday's commute should be much smoother as conditions improve and temperatures rise. 

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