Photo: Just one of the many snow drifts around Fort St. John – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca
This could be another very difficult travel morning in the Fort St. John area.
According to Environment Canada, airport readings show, in the twelve hour period beginning at five o’clock yesterday afternoon, we received 8 centimeters of snow.
In addition, Northwest wind gusts early this morning, have been clocked as high, as 60 kilometers per hour, resulting in blowing and drifting snow and, poor visibility.
The overnight snowfall has pushed the monthly total past 40 centimeters and, it is now more than 15 centimeters higher, than the local area monthly norm, for March.
We know of no road closures and, to date there have been no reports of any serious traffic accidents. The only incident we have heard about is on the Cecil Lake road and the Bridge in that area. A Chip truck broke down sometime over night and is blocking larger traffic. Smaller vehicles can pass this broken down truck, but larger vehicles like transport trucks can not cross the bridge because of the vehicle.
However, the RCMP did release an overnight travel advisory for the region and, motorists should anticipate city streets, and particularly rural roads, to be in poor travel condition this morning.
We are expecting skies to clear this afternoon but, not before we receive another 2 to 4 centimeters.
So motorists are also advised, the longer they can wait for plowing and sanding crews to address the situation, the better the chances of uninterrupted travel.