Snow shuts down city services

A snowfall warning remains in effect today, Tuesday, February 12. A long period of snowfall with total amounts of 15 centimetres to 25 centimetres is expected.

BC Transit is now operational.

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According to Powell River RCMP, Marine Avenue was closed down briefly as a tractor trailer unit was unable to make it up the hill and a bus had spun out as well. Once the snow plows got ahead of the snow the highway was opened back up to all traffic.According to Environment Canada, more snow is forecast before clearing tomorrow morning. 

The storm gave students and staff of School District 47 a snow day off from classes, with 2,000 students and 600 staff told to stay home.

The school district will post updates on its website but if the forecast does not call for continued snow plowing of city roads and highways, classes will likely resume tomorrow.

According to RCMP staff sergeant Rod Wiebe, police responded to two single vehicle collisions yesterday and people seem to be driving to the conditions of the roads.

“While police are not advising against travel, if you are not used to driving in snowy conditions or your vehicle has inadequate tires for the conditions, you may want to rethink travel plans or delay them until the snow plows have had a chance to clear the roads,” said Wiebe.”

Powell River Recreation Complex was closed shortly after 12 pm today.after reviewing the weather forecast for the rest of today and tomorrow. As a result, the complex will not reopen until 8:30 am tomorrow to allow time to clear snow from the complex entrances and the parking lot..

According to Powell River Canadian Tire, it has run out of salt and snow shovels, and is unable to guarantee when new stock will arrive.

Powell River Taxi reports an increase in calls, with wait times of approximately 20 minutes.

The forecast for tomorrow is mostly sunny but chilly at plus 3 degrees, becoming cloudy on Thursday and plus 3 degrees then Friday will warm up to 6 degrees.

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