Snow alerts: Traffic cams, weather warnings and closures in Chilliwack

Handy Dart among services affected by sudden snowfall in Chilliwack

With snow continuing to accumulate in Chilliwack this morning (Feb. 12), the list of closures, weather advisories and traffic accidents is growing.

Here are some updates for Chilliwack residents to be aware of.

• There are reports of multiple single vehicle incidents on the highway between Chilliwack and Abbotsford. Highway maintenance company Email Anderson says the Sumas Prairie area of Hwy. 1 has picked up a lot of wind and blowing snow.

• While the main roads throughout the city are mostly wet and slushy, snow is accumulating on side roads that aren’t designated high priority. The City of Chilliwack operates several webcams throughout the city, and drivers are encouraged to check those cameras for updates on main road conditions.

RELATED STORY: Chilliwack snow-clearing crews have their hands full

• Chilliwack School District has closed its schools and all programs for the day, and cancelled tonight’s board meeting. Meanwhile, the University of the Fraser Valley is on its second day of closures.

• BC Transit still has buses running in Chilliwack, but has cancelled its HandyDart service for the day.

• Chilliwack meterologist Roger Pannett reported 12.4 cm of snow (in Sardis) from 4 p.m. Monday to 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, with blowing snow causing larger accumulation in some areas.

Environment Canada announced a snowfall warning advisory for Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Hope early Tuesday morning, along with wind and a high of -3C. A mix of rain and snow flurries is expected to start Wednesday.

Drive BC has these safety reminders for drivers today:

• Please remember to fully clean the snow off your car before you start driving.

• In snow, dusk, fog, or rain turn on headlights and tail lights

• Please slow down and drive to conditions, posted speed limits are for ideal road conditions

 

A UPS truck and a semi narrowly both rest in the centre ditch of Highway 1 on Tuesday, during heavy snowfall. Several vehicles left the road between Abbotsford and Chilliwack in the snowstorm. Submitted photo

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