Snow, snow and more snow for the Terrace area

Hillary Johnson
01/22/2020

The snow finally slowed down in the Terrace area, but don't get used to it; more of it is on the way! Environment Canada Meteorologist, Matt MacDonald says the temperatures will warm up slightly, but won't be sticking around for long.

 

"We are back into the snow today, relatively light throughout the day, picking up about two cm but then, the front pushes inland tonight. We will see that snowfall intensify, picking up perhaps 5 to 10 cm and it will be that wetter type of snow, a bit different than what we saw last weekend. On Friday, that's when the temperatures really starts to climb. We are heading for a high of 5 on Friday then 6 degrees on Saturday so that will mean rain down in the valley bottoms and start to wash away some of that snow."

 

Terrace Deputy Fire Chief, Dave Jephson, says that when the city experiences significant snowfalls, the department tends to receive specific calls.

 

"The common one is downed trees, obviously, over the power lines. Sometimes, it’s when the power is out, we get a problem with no heat in the house or gas smell, because the gas has gone out, the pilot lights gone out, those would be the common ones you know baring the regular motor vehicles accidents or stranded vehicles."

 

With flurries in the forecast, several issues can arise and can create a few obstacles when trying to travel. Jephson, recommends taking the few extra minutes to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

 

"If you can't see out the window, what are you doing on your road? That's a deadly vehicle! Wipe the windows first, scrape the window. You have to be able to see 360 degrees around your vehicle. The snow on your roof is a common one, but once your vehicle starts to get warmed up a little bit, you're driving down the road, and you hit a bump, and it flies forward, covers your eyes. Now you are going to go left or right so by the time you stop, you have swerved in front of somebody, you've swerved into oncoming traffic."

 

Other crucial safety tips include removing snow loads from roofs, always working in pairs if ascending ladders, tying off on a safety rope should you decide to work on an elevated surface and last but not least, make sure snow drifts are not impeding exhausts from gas furnaces and storm drains are dug out and accessible.

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