Williams Lake received 7.2 centimetres of snow on Boxing Day and there is more snow in the forecast for Friday, making for winter driving conditions. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Compact snow on Cariboo Chilcotin highways

DriveBC lists no major events, but warns of slippery sections

DriveBC is not listing any major events or road closures for the Cariboo Chilcotin region Thursday morning, however, both Highway 20 and Highway 97 have compact snow, as well as the Horsefly and Likely Roads.

There are some icy patches in the city this morning and city crews have been out in full force.

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue responded to two calls on Boxing Day.

Chief Rick White said they attended a rollover involving one patient at 140 Mile House near Hinsche Road and en route to the second motor vehicle incident at Miocene were told to stand down as the Miocene Volunteer Fire Dept. was on scene.

“It was really frustrating because people were not pulling over to let emergency vehicles pass,” White told the Tribune Thursday. “We were behind vehicles for one to two kilometres with our lights and sirens going.”

When they were on scene at the 140 Mile House incident and stopped on Highway 97, White estimated cars were going by driving 120 kilometres an hour.

“I’ve been doing this for 21 years and yesterday was crazy,” he said. “When there are emergency vehicles on the highway the maximum speed is 70 kilometres.”

When they reached the turnoff to the Horsefly Road, with their sirens, lights and turning signal on, White said there was a local electrical company truck coming the other way.

White expected the driver would let CCSAR have the right of way to turn, but that wasn’t the case.

“It was his right to go straight, but I thought he’d let us go first but he didn’t and wouldn’t even make eye contact with us.”

While Christmas was sunny with no snow, Williams Lake received an estimated 7.4 centimetres of snow on Boxing Day.

Environment Canada’s forecast shows a 30 per cent chance of flurries for Thursday morning, then a mix of sun and clouds with a high of -4C.

More snow is expected on Friday, beginning early in the morning with five to 10 centimetres, followed by more snow on Saturday.

Here are some highlights of 2018’s weather from Environment Canada.

According to Environment Canada’s historical weather data which goes back to 1960, on this day in 1984 there was 63 centimetres of snow on the ground in Williams Lake. The lowest temperature was -38.3C in 1996 and the highest temperature was 9.1C in 1980.

Read more: Glaciers in Western Canada retreat because of climate change: expert


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