|It was a Wednesday Snow surprise for Prince Rupert area residents this AM|
An unexpected dump of snow made for some travel chaos this morning as Rupertites tried to make their way to work and appointments in the morning rush period, but not after some significant efforts to just get out of their driveways.
The Weather forecasters have not delivered the official final amount from overnight just yet.
But from our recording at the NCR home office.
More than 17 centimetres (just under 7 inches) of heavy, wet snow greeted motorists and pedestrians and also has brought some challenges for BC Hydro.
|The BC Hydro Map just after 9AM today|
Tne BC Hydro map one of a large swath of the city still to return to power, with parts of Port Edward, Metlakatla and Lax Kw'alaams also without power at the moment.
You can check the status, (if you have power, or by way of cel phone) through the BC Hydro website.
With the Power outage Prince Rupert area Schools were closed for the day and some businesses have had delayed openings.
|City Crews have been working through the morning to take on the|
volume of snow from overnight
City work crews were out in the pre rush hour period, however the volume of snow has seen much of the focus on the main thoroughfares in the early going, with side streets for the most part still to be attended to.
However, an advisory posted to the city's social media stream noted that some equipment breakdowns and the downed power lines have complicated their work this morning.
The early morning conditions did see many cars struggling to get out of snowdrifts and sliding on icy patches under the snowfall. Pedestrians are having a particular hard go of things, having to share the road with vehicles, so caution for those travelling the roads today is the main focus.
The City of Prince Rupert issued an update on the situation shortly after 8AM noting of the may challenges at the moment.
The snow however, should only be a temporary feature.
Should we dare to trust Environment Canada, a mix of snow and rain is in the forecast for the day, then rain is approaching overnight. tomorrow and Friday, as well as through the weekend.
Something for homeowners to keep in mind, is to ensure that any storm drains near their homes are cleared to allow for the melting that is destined shortly.
We'll update the files should more notes come in through the morning.
Another casualty of the Wednesday weather maker was air travel, with the Daily Air Canada flight cancelled and Airport crews dealing with snow removal and trees falling along the access road.
A look at past weather events can be found from our archive page.