Snow and freezing rain continue to wreak havoc around B.C.

By Doug Collins/The Canadian Press
December 29, 2017 - 6:43am

VANCOUVER —   Are you having fun yet?

Winter weather systems continue to wreak havoc around the province this morning.

Thousands of people in the Fraser Valley are waking up to chilly and dark conditions after freezing rain brought down trees and cut power lines overnight.

    The B-C Hydro website says all available crews have been assigned in an effort to get the lights on as quickly as possible, but difficult conditions and extensive damage could mean some customers will be without electricity for an extended period.

    Environment Canada says a freezing rain warning is in effect for the Fraser Valley, with conditions not expected to ease until later tonight, while most of southern B-C is covered by snowfall or extreme cold warnings that are not due to budge until the weekend.

    Extreme cold warnings are also posted for the Peace River region and other sections of northern B-C -- with wind chill forecast to make temperatures feel as low as minus 40, while it will feel close to minus 30 in Kitimat, Terrace and Stewart, thanks to Arctic outflow winds.

Snowfall warnings are in effect today for most interior highways. We're expecting a good dump of snow- 20-25  centimeters expected over the next 24 hours between Hope and Merritt on the Coquihalla Highway.

Lesser amounts of the other sections of that highway.

It will start today, but the biggest amount is expected to fall late this afternoon and overnight before tapering off by tomorrow morning. There's a travel advisory out for the Coquihalla today as well. 

In Kamloops, we're expecting flurries this morning, snow beginning around noon. 2-4 centimeters this afternoon. Another 10 centimeters overnight. 

All highways, including city streets, have compact snow and icy sections this morning. City Streets and Environmental Services Manager Glen Farrow says their priorities remain clearing the arterial routes, and until the snow slows down, it will be difficult to get to side roads...


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