PRINCE GEORGE, BC: As we said on Wednesday, a snow storm is headed for the Prince George region beginning tonight as the snow we are seeing now intensifies…
Environment Canada has not issued a Snowfall Warning for our region at this time but one has been issued for the Pine Pass. First we’ll get to the local weather.
For Prince George, beginning this evening 5 to 10 cm of snow is expected. The snow will continue overnight and well into Friday night with an expected accumulation of no less than 15 cm. That’s throughout the entire day Friday as the system strengthens. Higher elevations and rural areas will see more snow than the inner city.
While it may not seem like a lot of snow for many, it’s the roads you need to be concerned about as the City of Prince George has conditions that need to be met before a plow hits the streets. Highway crews will be out making sure Highway 16 and 97 are in driving conditions. We’ll have more on city ploughing in a minute..
Now let’s get to that Snowfall Warning for the Pine Pass. 20 cm of snow is expected by Friday night as the same system moves towards the Pine Pass and Alberta. If you do not need to travel on Friday stay home.
For the weekend, on Saturday we may get a bit of a reprieve from the snow but it is still too early to determine that. Environment Canada suggests an additional 5 cm. Same goes for Sunday with an additional 10 cm. By the time this system moves out, on Tuesday, we could see 45 cm of fresh snow on the ground.
Below are details from the City of Prince George on how crews will be handling the snow this weekend. Please drive carefully if you must travel on Friday and the weekend!!! Can’t stress that enough.
With snowy weather forecast through the weekend, snow and ice control crews with the City of Prince George are preparing for full operations and reminding motorists about winter parking restrictions. According to some weather predictions, Prince George could receive as much as 45 centimeters of snow by Tuesday.
When the city receives 7.5 centimeters in a 24 hour period, it is classified as a Priority One and Priority Two “snow event” and triggers the City to deploy full snow and ice control operations, including contracted equipment, to clear Priority One and Priority Two routes in the City within 48 hours of the end of the event.
If the City receives 12 centimeters of snow within a 24 hour period it is classified as a Priority Three snow event, which means Priority Three routes including residential roads must be cleared within 72 hours of the completion of Priority One and Priority Two Routes.
Motorists are also reminded that parking restrictions are in effect from October 15 to April 15 each year to help with snow operations:
On-street parking is prohibited from 10:00pm to 7:00am on Priority One roads and hills, the Hospital District, and a number of other designated roads.
On-street parking is prohibited from 12:00am to 7:00am downtown.
On-street parking is prohibited from 8:00am to 6:00pm in residential areas. Parking on the side of the street with odd house numbers is permitted from 6:00pm to 8:00am unless otherwise posted.
Illegally parked vehicles are subject to a $50 ticket per offence and/or may be towed.
“Plowing around parked vehicles can slow down operations and create hazards for other vehicles by creating windrows in the street,” says Blake McIntosh, Manager of City Roads and Fleet. “We thank residents for following our parking restrictions, and for being patient and careful when driving around road crews.”
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Learn more about City snow clearing at http://www.princegeorge.ca/snow.