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City crews and contractors will need extra time to clear snow…

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Please be advised that due to ongoing heavy snowfall, the City of Prince George is issuing a Heavy Snowfall Declaration. This declaration is to notify residents that snow and ice control crews may need extra time to clear the streets. Travellers are asked to be patient, drive to conditions, and to plan their routes and travel times accordingly.

Over 25 cm of snow fell on Prince George Friday. The City has issued A Heavy Snowfall declaration. PJXM News Photo.

Snow accumulations received in the last 24 hours have ranged from 22cm to 30cm in various regions of the City. The City’s Snow and Ice Control Policy, approved by Council in 2019, includes a new provision that the City can issue a Heavy Snowfall Declaration when Prince George receives at least 20cm or more in a 24-hour period.

A Heavy Snowfall Declaration notifies residents that crews will likely take longer than usual to clear the streets. Correspondingly, Heavy Snowfall Declarations extend completion time for crews by 24 hours when the 20cm Heavy Snowfall threshold is reached. An additional 24 hours is added for every 8cm of snow the city receives beyond this threshold.

Information about Snow Removal Operations can be found at http://www.princegeorge.ca/snow.

“As residents can see, Prince George received a lot of snow in the previous 24 hours and the City is encouraging everyone to use extra caution when driving, or to consider delaying travel if possible until conditions on the roads improve,” says Mayor Lyn Hall. “When driving, please use extra care and be vigilant, particularly when around snow and ice control crews and equipment. Also, consider checking on any neighbours who may need some assistance. As always, Council wishes to thank all of the snow removal crews for their hard work. Stay safe everybody!”

Crews have been working in day and night shifts since yesterday morning to clear priority routes. Operations will continue through the weekend. Priority Three routes, including roads in residential areas, will be cleared once Priority One and Priority Two routes have been completed.

“The Prince George RCMP are asking the general public to use extra caution when driving due to the significant snow fall and slippery winter conditions,” says S/Sgt. Kent MacNeill of the Prince George RCMP. “The RCMP encourage drivers to take extra time to get to their destination and give other drivers some extra room. Also, drivers should take extra time to make sure your vehicle is thoroughly cleared of ice and snow to ensure proper visibility.”

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