Wednesday August 27, 2014





Heavy snow creates treacherous conditions for drivers

RCMP from the Kamloops and rural detachments dealt with several vehicle mishaps Monday as heavy snowfall made for treacherous driving conditions.

Environment Canada's weather office estimated snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 centimetres for the Coquihalla Highway on Monday before the precipitation tapered in the afternoon.

And if Tuesday's weather forecast is correct, drivers and police may be in for more mayhem.

Calls of crashes started coming into the police at 7 a.m. on Monday when the driver of a tan Nissan lost control on Highway 1 just past Miller's Crossing near Savona.

At 7:30 a.m., another single vehicle accident occurred on the Highway 1 on-ramp at Summit Drive.

At 9 a.m., two vehicles collided on Singh Street and Tranquille Road.

At 9:25 a.m., a silver Honda Civic spun out in the ditch on Highway 1 at Tanager Drive in Valleyview.

At 9:30 a.m., a vehicle drove into a ditch in the southbound lane of the Coquihalla Highway one kilometre north of the Inks Lake turnoff.

Kamloops RCMP staff Sgt. Grant Learned couldn't provide details of the accidents except to say that no serious injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, Environment Canada reported that a "significant snowfall event" for Interior regions is anticipated for this afternoon.

An area of low pressure will bring more snow to the Southern Interior, reaching 10 to 20 centimetres by Wednesday, stated the weather office.

Freezing levels are also expected to increase to 1,200 metres over the southwestern sections of the province and snow will switch over to rain below this elevation.

"Driving conditions of these highways are likely to become treacherous due to heavy snow and lowered visibilities," stated Environment Canada. "Motorists are advised to use extra caution and adjust travel plans accordingly."





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