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CHETWYND, B.C. – Unforecasted snow and freezing rain hit the Chetwynd area early Friday morning, resulting in slippery sections on Highway 97 and 29.

According to Argo Road Maintenance, the snow and freezing rain have caused isolated parts of the highways to be slippery, and crews are currently working on sanding and salting roads, and graders are working on side streets.

DriveBC says there are slippery sections between Powder King Road and Weiland Road for just over 25 kilometres, as well as between 52nd Street and Watkins Road for just under 34 km.

Argo spoke with Energeticcity earlier this week about their process now that the winter weather has arrived.

Shelley Fulmes, with Argo, says they’ve been busy working on the side roads, as that’s where ice has developed in the South Peace.

“We go through, and we sand everything, we grade and then it starts over again. Once you get through a block, you go to another one, and then you start the beginning again, so it’s a never-ending cycle,” said Fulmes.

Fulmes says Argo is constantly patrolling the main highways to make sure they remain bare and dry. Argo is fully staffed at all times, and when it comes to big storms, like this past weekend, they usually hire other equipment, like graders, to get through the bulk of it.

She says patience from the public is crucial right now.

“Just be careful when you’re driving, we live in the north, and we’re doing the best we can. We’re on the roads, and our families are all on the roads as well. We are honestly doing the best we can and we just can’t be everywhere at once.”


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