The Sea to Sky highway is currently bare and wet to Whistler, though there are some large puddles and slushy sections to be aware of.
Whistler Blackcomb reported 35 cm of fresh powder within 24 hours heading into weekend operations giving a base of 14 feet. Periods of snow will continue through the overnight and light snow flurries are expected Sunday with cooler temperatures and a lowering freezing level.
Dry and cool weather is expected on Monday next week. Clouds increase Monday night into Tuesday, then light snow threat returns late Tuesday into the middle part of next week.
While the snowstorm was great news for the mountains it did cause some chaos on the roads. At one point just before rush hour Friday (Feb. 24) the highway was reduced to just one northbound lane due to stalled vehicles and minor accidents. A total of eight accidents and stalled vehicles were reported between Squamish and Whistler Friday.
By 5:30 p.m.Friday traffic was backed up from Whistler to the Callaghan, and at 6:30 p.m. the Highway 99 Twitter page was urging people to stay home and wait it out as vehicles were reduced to a crawl. By 7:15 p.m. the highway was running again in both directions.
Traffic following mountain operations at Whistler Blackcomb on Saturday has flowed without incident.
Drivers are reminded that winter or snow tires with at least 3.5mm of tread depth are a must. Chains are also recommended where the roads are too slippery to climb.
Updates are available toll free through the Drive BC service at 1-800-550-4997. Updates will be posted as they become available.