Still from a dash-cam video on Yale Road in Chilliwack after a big snowfall overnight on Jan. 6, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Dash-cam footage of a snowy commute across Chilliwack

Nearly a foot of snow fell overnight making for perilous driving conditions Thursday

Chilliwack residents were digging out Thursday morning (Jan. 6) after nearly a foot of snow fell overnight.

City hall issued a notice asking people to avoid non-essential travel as crews were working around the clock in two 12-hour shifts to clear as many roads as possible.

Here’s an edited video of The Chilliwack Progress editor’s commute across town from side roads deep with snow to the cleared main roads.

Chilliwack’s weather observer for Environment Canada, Roger Pannett, said it had been a struggle to even reach his backyard weather station through the snow.

Overnight snowfall in Chilliwack was 24.6 centimetres with drifts up to 64 centimetres and frosty temperature -7 C, plus the wind chill, Pannett noted.

After digging out from Thursday’s snow, residents were bracing for freezing rain. Environment Canada forecast 30 to 50 millimetres of rainfall in Metro Vancouver, which was forecast to fall as freezing rain in the Fraser Valley beginning during the day and continuing Thursday night.

– with files Jennifer Feinberg

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