Friday, February 23, 2018

Vancouver weather problems making for travel headaches across Northern BC; including the plans for Jr Boys Rainmakers

The cancellation listings are piling up from airport to airport across northern BC, as a snowstorm now hitting the Vancouver area is making for travel chaos for many travellers trying to reach the largest city in the province.

The cancellation parade began with this morning's Air Canada flight out of Prince Rupert and has continued through the day, with cancelled flights listed for Terrace, Smithers, Sandspit and on to Prince George.

Those that did manage to make it to Vancouver before the window of opportunity closed are now finding that their connecting flights to many destinations are now cancelled.

One flight scheduled for Prince Rupert remains on the board to this point, with the Air Canada departure scheduled for 5:55 this evening still listed as on time, for now.

Flight Aware which tracks commercial aviation offered up the snap shot for Northwest BC on the day so far.

Caught up in today's weather cancellations has been the Charles Hays Junior Boys Rainmakers basketball team which had been trying to get to Provincials in Langley, flying through Terrace.

With their flight cancelled earlier today and no way to make it to the tournament for Saturday's 8:30 AM tip off, the Rainmakers will not be able to make it to Langley for this years event.

The weather woes make for a disappointing end to their season, with Mother nature managing to do what many others had attempted to do through the year, knock the Rainmakers to the sidelines.

The team will return to Prince Rupert by bus today.

How long the Snowfall event will continue to impact the flight operations in and out of Vancouver won't be known until the system leaves the Vancouver area, something not expected until Saturday morning.

You can get a glimpse of the ongoing travel woes through the links below to the YVR Departures and Arrivals Boards.

YVR Departures
YVR Arrivals

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