Caribou Road Services warning of bad road conditions in the South Peace

A BC Highway webcam view of Highway 97 in the Pine Pass early Tuesday. Photo by Drive BC

POUCE COUPE, B.C. — Officials with Caribou Road Services are advising motorists of challenging driving conditions in the South Peace this morning.

Caribou Road Services spokesperson Shelley Fulmes said that the strong winds during the overnight hours have caused major snow drifting in the South Peace. Fulmes said that Highway 97 is currently closed near the Farmington Store because of the massive snow drifts, but that the road should be reopened soon.


Fulmes explained that some highways and rural roads may also be drifted in, and that visibility with blowing snow is reported in all areas. She added that the Pine Pass is currently getting rain, but that the wet precipitation is forecast to turn to snow later today. Accumulations of between 15 and 20 centimetres are forecast to fall in the Pine Pass by Wednesday.

Fulmes said that Caribou Road Services crews been out all night opening up roads and pushing back drifts, with the work continuing this morning. Motorists are advised to watch for the yellow flashing lights of the maintenance trucks, graders and loaders in the poor visibility will be poor, with blowing snow while they are working.