The sun peeked out for just long enough Sunday afternoon to offer up Cotto Peters

The sun peeked out for just long enough Sunday afternoon to offer up Cotto Peters

Record snowfall hits city

Williams Lake has never seen more snow fall in a 24-hour period than it did last Friday.

Williams Lake has never seen more snow fall in a 24-hour period than it did last Friday between Nov. 15 and Nov. 16. — at least since Environment Canada started recording snowfall back in 1961.

“You were the top of the list as the winter storm’s centre went right through Williams Lake,” Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said Tuesday.

“Now we are into Arctic air.”

The Williams Lake Airport received 51 cm, with the next highest being the Coquihalla Summit where they received 35 cm, and Allison Pass which received 32 cm.

Transit buses were cancelled on Friday because of the snow and all flights into the airport were unable to land, because of a low visibility ceiling.

“It was that coastal snow, heavy and wet, not that normal Cariboo dry snow that provides reasonable traction,” said Kevin Goldfuss, director of municipal services.

“Who would have thought that we’d get such a major snow fall on Nov. 15.”

The large snowfall took the city by surprise, Goldfuss said.

“Thursday night when the night shift left at 11 o’clock there was no snow,” Goldfuss said. “Our day shift arrived at 5 a.m. to find eight to 10 inches of snow on the ground.”

More than 7,000 homes in the Williams Lake area were also impacted by power outages due to the heavy snowfall, said BC Hydro community relations co-ordinator Dave Mosure. The last homes to have their power restored were on Hodgson Road on Monday morning.

“It was 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, the whole corridor,” Mosure said. “We were calling in guys on days off, contractor crews were being used, we used everybody we could get our hands on. We definitely got tested.”

Because it was the first big storm of the season, any trees that were in a weakened state showed themselves, he said.

To deal with the record snow Friday, Goldfuss said day crews worked steadily and all through the weekend.

“We cleaned up the downtown and trucked all the snow away Sunday,” he said.

Crews began residential snow removal on Monday, and will follow the garbage and recycling pick up schedule, which means clearing streets the night before those areas have their garbage and recycling retrieved.

On Wednesday the city will be working on Thursday’s route and on Thursday will be working on Friday’s route, and Friday they will be working on Monday’s route.

“We do ask the public for their patience and help,” Goldfuss said. “Where they are able, to park on their own property or driveway and don’t put garbage cans out until the street is cleaned because that creates challenges because we cannot clear the area if there are cars or carts in the way.”

In fact the city is hoping to permanently align snow removal with garbage pick up and will hold a public forum on the proposed changes on Thursday, Nov. 28 in council chambers at city hall, beginning at 6 p.m.

According to Environment Canada, the highest recorded snow fall for Williams Lake to  date had been 42.7 cm on Jan. 7, 1961.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes shared this photo of the binders and binders of letters and paperwork she’s received on area roads in the past few years. (Submitted photo)
Cariboo MLAs call on province to fix region’s roads

Minister Rob Fleming said more resources were on the way to the region

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 president David Brideau salutes the Cenotaph at city hall during a past Remembrance Day services in Williams Lake Monday, Nov. 11. Brideau, who served three years with the Canadian military in Edmonton, was the parade commander during the Legion’s Remembrance Day service. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake legion looks to upgrade lounge, patio, to be COVID compliant

Upgrades will require significant financial investment, Branch 139 president David Brideau said

Williams Lake’s Daine Dubois (left) and 150 Mile House’s Isaac Bedford have been named as recipients of the 2020 Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. (Tribune file photos)
Two Cariboo athletes honoured with Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport

“You have honoured the province, your nations, and your families.”

A worker at Gibraltar Mine north of Williams Lake. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
B.C. Mining Month celebrates innovation

Mining has long been important to the Williams Lake economy

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

Canada’s chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Post-inoculation, Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower but not obsolete

The dash cam footage, taken May 7 at 8:18 a.m. belonged to the driver of a southbound vehicle that recently travelled out of the tunnel. (Reddit/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Dash cam captures dramatic rollover crash on Highway 99

Only one person sustained injuries from the collision, says B.C. Ambulance Services

Chevy stranded on a ledge above a rocky canyon at Mimi Falls near Logan Lake, April 28, 2021. (Photo credit: Margot Wikjord)
Police officer and fire chief team up in risky rescue of stranded dog near Logan Lake

Chevy, a rescue dog, needed rescuing again after getting stuck on a ledge above rocky canyon

Police were on the scene of a fatal shooting in Abbotsford. (Black Press Media files)
B.C. government to give more than $8 million for programs to curb gang violence

221 not-for-profit projects led by local governments and school districts among others will receive a one-time grant

Most Read