November 26, 2014 - 10:28 AM
TRAFFIC STRUGGLING ON STEEP ROADS
KAMLOOPS - Heavy snow has caused traffic backups this morning in Kamloops but no major problems, according to the city, RCMP and the school district.
A light rain began at the airport around 5 p.m. Tuesday, with light snow falling in the valley much of the night. At higher elevations, such as Aberdeen, around 10 inches of snow has accumulated.
Const. Cheryl Bush says there have been no big accidents, but Highland Road into Juniper Ridge and Hillside Drive between Walmart and Aberdeen Mall is closed because traffic is stuck. Bush asks motorists to avoid those areas while traffic is cleared up.
The school district was able to run all buses this morning, though many were ‘extremely late’ because of traffic backups.
City crews were out preparing for the snowfall before it started around 3 a.m. and Public Works Director Jen Fretz says there have been no major problems yet.
“We’re keeping up the best we can,” she says. “The melt later could cause problems though.”
Residents and business owners are asked to shovel driveways and try to keep nearby drains clear. Temperatures are expected to warm up today and will reach a high of 10 C tomorrow, in addition to a chance of rain today and tomorrow.
“We’ll have crews out clearing, but we can only do so much,” she notes.
If anyone sees a problem area they can report it to public works by calling 250-828-3461.
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