New year brings lots of winter weather to the Cariboo so far

BC Hydro crews busy restoring power after snow-heavy trees fall on lines

A mixed bag of winter weather is making for challenging conditions in the Cariboo Thursday morning, and across much of the province.

Snow and rain started to fall Wednesday evening prompting Drive BC to issue a travel advisory for Highway 97 for just north of Williams Lake stretching almost to Prince George. The advisory warned of heavy snow and icy roads.

Read More: Travel advisory for Highway 97 north of Williams Lake

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue tweeted that members did respond to a motor vehicle incident north of the city in the early morning hours Thursday.

McLeese Lake residents have been feeling the brunt of the snow that fell Dec. 29 and New Years Eve with multiple power outages due to trees falling on power lines. BC Hydro crews have been steadily called out to restore power there as well as east of Williams Lake in the Beaver Valley, Likely and Horsefly areas.

As of Thursday morning, crews were dealing with 11 power outages affecting 190 customers including the largest near Tyee Lake impacting 87 customers. There were also multiple outages toward Horsefly and Likely where it has been snowing heavily overnight.

100 Mile House was clear of any power outages as of Thursday morning, while Quesnel had a handful of customers without power south of Quesnel at Dale Lake Road and north of the city at Browning Road due to trees down across the power lines.

Environment Canada is calling for periods of snow today becoming mixed with rain early this afternoon and ending late this afternoon then mainly cloudy. Snowfall amount five to 10 centimetres with a high of 2C.

Drive BC is not reporting any major events as of Thursday morning for the Cariboo, however, most of the roads are being described as having compact snow and slippery sections.


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