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Blowing snow a big concern on area roads: YRB

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UPDATE – Caribou Road Services has sent out the following message for roads in the South Peace:  This weather is causing extremely difficult driving conditions throughout the South Peace. The visibility throughout the area is very poor.  Please use extra caution travelling throughout the South Peace.  The weather forecast is saying that the snow is going to slowly taper off this afternoon and stop around midnight.

 

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with Yellowhead Road and Bridge are advising drivers to use extreme caution on area highways this afternoon due to the storm currently dropping snow across the Peace.

YRB North Peace General Manager Chris Charbonneau said that while most highway surfaces across the region are largely bare with slippery sections, the snow that is falling is causing visibility issues. He said that blowing snow, particularly behind large commercial vehicles, is resulting in extremely limited visibility in many areas.

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Charbonneau added that conditions are dangerous for motorists attempting to pass slow-moving commercial vehicles using broken yellow lines and even passing lanes because many of those only have the outside travel lane ploughed. He said that snowfall accumulations in the North Peace have been greater than what Environment Canada had initially forecast, with estimates of total accumulations from the storm now ranging from between 15 and 20 centimetres.

In neighbouring Alberta, 2Day FM Grande Prairie is reporting that the RCMP are asking drivers to stay home because of the treacherous conditions. Snowfall warnings issued for the Grande Prairie area and the BC South Peace regions remain in effect this afternoon.

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