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RCMP say drivers not getting the message with winter conditions

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December 18, 2012 - 1:02 PM

Kamloops RCMP responded to 22 calls for motor vehicle incidents between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. yesterday after a heavy snowfall in Kamloops.

"That's substantially more than normal," said RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.

He said 13 of the calls came before 3 p.m. when snowfall was the heaviest.

"To have that type of volume in a short period of time is definitely not your normal day," Learned said. "On any average winter day when the roads are clear and visibility is good and people are driving responsibly, you would probably have maybe three or four."

He said there were no serious injuries. Two of the incidents sent people to hospital, but they were released shortly after with minor injuries.

Learned said officers in the field reported drivers driving contrary to weather conditions.

"Drivers were not slowing down," Learned said. "It's very disconcerting that drivers just weren't getting the message."

RCMP were busy this holiday season and the forecast from Environment Canada doesn't appear to be letting them off early for Christmas vacation.

More of the fluffy white stuff is expected as advent calendars draw closer to Christmas.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning this morning for the Fraser Valley.

"A vigorous frontal system arriving tonight will bring yet another round of wintry weather to much of the south coast," the online warning stated.

Environment Canada warns motorists and pedestrians to exercise extreme caution and alter travel plans.

While moans and groans may be heard around the city about snow piling in the streets, they're not coming from Sun Peaks.

Marketing and media co-ordinator, Brandi Schier, said the mountain has had over 100 cm of snow in the past seven days.

The alpine base was at about 60 cm last week and has more than doubled with the recent snow dump to 150 cm.

"The snow is amazing!" she said.

The forecast expects about 10 to 20 cm of snow in the Fraser Valley overnight.

— Jessica Wallace

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