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Snow's coming to the Coast – monitor it with DriveBC's Trout Lake camera

Watch highway conditions in Halfmoon Bay through the new webcam at Trout Lake
The new webcam at Trout Lake in Halfmoon Bay is up and running.

While Metro Vancouver and surrounding areas are expecting a “wintery mix” late Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday, no weather alerts are in effect for the Sunshine Coast — but residents can watch the new webcam at Halfmoon Bay’s Trout Lake. 

Facing in both eastern and western directions, the new HighwayCam is positioned to provide driving conditions from the highway, which can be seen on DriveBC. In September, Tyler Lambert, a spokesperson with the local Capilano Highway Services office told Coast Reporter the camera’s location was chosen because “Trout Lake has the most severe winter conditions of anywhere as it is the highest spot on the highway, from one end to the other.”

Environment Canada issued a weather alert and snowfall warning for Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that predicts rain mixed with wet snow and gusting winds. Highway alerts have also been issued for the Sea to Sky highway and the Coquihalla. 

The lower Sunshine Coast is forecasted to get periods of rain mixed with snow starting Tuesday afternoon and through the night, followed by rain on Wednesday and showers or rain until the sun peeks through on the weekend. Environment Canada’s forecast for Gibsons and Sechelt shows an anticipated 2 cm of snowfall this afternoon with southeast winds of 30 kilometres per hour gusting to 70 near the water. Tonight, rainfall of 15 to 25 mm is predicted with snowfall of 4 cm inland. The temperature is expected to rise to 7C by morning. 

On the same date in 2023, there was 7 cm of snow on the ground in Sechelt, Environment Canada’s records state.

With files from Connie Jordison/Coast Reporter.