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Travel Not Recommended on Many Cariboo Highways

Drive BC has issued travel advisories for many Cariboo highways as the second day of a Pacific frontal system continues to deliver heavy snow to the region.

Environment Canada meteorologist, Lisa West says although no records were broken Tuesday, today could very well see the opposite.

“In terms of today’s record what is now currently standing is 11.6 cm that was set back in 1985, and our forecast for the Williams Lake area is anywhere from about 15-25 cm today,” she says.

14-22 cm of snow was recorded according to West up until Wednesday morning within the Williams Lake and Quesnel area.

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West adds that the region will not be done with the snow until Thursday.

“We’re still expecting at least light snowfall in through the evening and perhaps intensifying overnight as that low finally passes through and heads southeastwards,” she says.

“We’ll be seeing some snow right through until tomorrow afternoon when the Arctic front finally pushes through the central interior. We’re going to be trading our significant snowfall for a significant drop in temperatures.”

With the significant snowfall, Quesnel RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Riddle recommends that motorists give themselves plenty of time to get their destination and drive to the road conditions.

“Every time there is snow and the conditions change, we do attend more collisions,” he says.

“People need to slow down and drive to the current road conditions because they can vastly change between communities.”

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