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    Your Classified Connection / Vol. 24 No. 2 Friday, January 11, 2013

    A3Winter storm blasts the ShuswapWeather woes: Huge snowfall leaves residents digging their way out Wednesday.

    First it was snow, and then more snow. Now arctic air moving in will mean colder temperatures for the Shuswap.

    Two snowstorms, the first Mon-day, Jan. 7, and the second and more dramatic snowfall Tuesday after-noon and evening, dumped approxi-mately 18 centimetres on Salmon Arm.

    Now the low-pressure system which brought the snow is moving off, allowing colder air to move in for the weekend.

    We may hit double digit mi-nuses for the overnight lows this weekend, says Doug Lundquist, Environment Canada meteorologist. Just in time to really freeze up all that snow.

    The Environment Canada gauge, which is located along Shuswap Lake, recorded the 18-centimetre in-crease in the snow level by Wednes-day morning.

    This is not to say the area didnt actually receive more snow than that, says Lundquist. Theres a great deal of elevation change in Salmon Arm, and the higher levels likely saw even more snow.

    Lundquist says the back-to-back nature of the two storms is what made it more significant.

    On their own, each of these storms was pretty typical winter weather, but coming so close togeth-er, it really made an impression on people. It was an intense few hours.

    Lundquist also notes the relatively mild temperatures, hovering close to zero, contributed to wet snow and

    treacherous road conditions. Indeed many drivers struggled to reach their destinations Tuesday evening, as many roads became almost impass-able including the Trans-Canada Highway at Tank Hill.

    There was some real trouble with semis spinning out and not making it along the hill there, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane. Our members were kept pretty busy there for a while.

    But while the road conditions were terrible, Keane said most drivers took extra care and there were remarkably few accidents.

    There were no major incidents, just a lot of people in snowbanks or stuck on the shoulders.

    Tuesdays snowfall meant extra staff and hours for the city.

    Rob Niewenhuizen, the citys director of engineering and pub-lic works, said although the snow stopped falling about 9 or 10 p.m. Tuesday, the fact that it came on the heels of an earlier snowfall made for lots of work. Crews were starting to clear city subdivisions after plow-ing the arterial roads, when the new snow meant they had to head back to the main roads.

    Its kind of a hop-scotch game we play having to move back and forth, he said.

    No city roads were closed because of the snowfall. Even Okanagan Av-enue stayed open, with crews plow-ing and sanding it.

    I think the worst part of the event was around the rush-hour traffic go-ing home, with everyone on the road and heavy, thick snow. The roads were all open it was just the condi-tion of the roads.

    Last week city crews hauled snow

    By Tracy Hughes and Martha WickettMARKET NEWS STAff

    n City workers had their work cut out for them Wednesday, clearing roads and sidewalks, like this sidewalk on Auto Road, following the heavy snowfall Tuesday.


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    out of the downtown and Tuesdays snow-storm meant a second removal in as many weeks.

    That costs about $10,000 each time its done, Nieuwenhuizen said, so hes hopeful it wont be a necessity too often.

    Overall, hes pleased with the efforts of city staff.

    In my opinion, crews did an excellent job. They had already put in a lot of hours and were diligent in coming back and putting in the hours.

    One of the more un-usual traffic difficulties of the night involved a Tappen-Sunnybrae fire truck which became stuck when trying to turn around on Sunny-brae Canoe Point Road near Herald Park after it was called out to deal

    with downed power lines.

    But Kenn Mount, CSRD fire services coordinator, says a re-quest was made for towing services, which is part of fire depart-ment policy as soon as there is any indication the fire truck may be-come immobile. In this case, however, the tow was not needed as fire crews were able to free the vehicle themselves.

    That can be a diffi-cult road at the best of times, so you can imag-ine what it was like dur-ing those conditions, says Mount.

    Following the heavy snowfall, highway maintenance person-nel urge motorists to be cautious around heavy equipment plowing lo-cal roads and highways.

    Dont pass the plow, said Rick Ko-vacvich, operations manager with Argo Road Maintenance.

    Its safer to stay be-hind the plow because they are clearing the snow for you and they will pull over when possible.

    The primary con-cern is motorists pass-ing plows on the right because thats the side where snow is pushed out.

    It blasts right through their vehicle, said Kovacvich. That can do a lot of damage to a vehicle.

    The back-to-back storms created chal-lenges.

    Its been hectic but fortunately our equip-ment was holding up, said Kovacvich.

    The primary focus for clearing snow were the highways followed by school bus routes.

    Secondary roads in the rural areas were the next priority.

    Many of the prob-lems were on the Trans-Canada Highway be-

    tween Sorrento and Sicamous.

    Transport trucks were stuck. They werent chaining up, said Kovacvich.

    Argo Road Mainte-nance is responsible for 4,700-lane kilometres in the North Okanagan-Shuswap.

    Slick streetsn Traffic on the Trans-Canada High-way crawled through down-town Salmon Arm Tuesday evening as heavy snow fell.

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    Arctic air moving in for the weekendmartha wickett/market news

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