First snowfall of season creates havoc on Kamloops and area roads

From buses not making it up hills in Batchelor Heights to temporary closures of steep hills on Pacific Way and Hillside Drive to various crashes across Kamloops, the snowstorm — which was forecast well in advance of its arrival — still seemed to take some drivers by surprise.

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The first significant snowfall of the season led to many problems on the roads of Kamloops on Friday (Oct. 23) and prompted closures of area highways as commercial vehicles were spinning out in the white stuff.

As of 12:30 p.m., the snow continues to fall in the Tournament Capital, creating a winter wonderland amid scenes of snarled traffic.

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From buses not making it up hills in Batchelor Heights to temporary closures of steep hills on Pacific Way and Hillside Drive to various crashes across Kamloops, the snowstorm — which was forecast well in advance of its arrival — still seemed to take some drivers by surprise.

Whether the vehicles were not equipped with winter tires or the drivers were travelling too fast, the first snowfall of the fall and winter season created havoc.

On Friday morning, police were warning Kamloops drivers to be careful on city streets and to stay home and wait later in the day to drive.

Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Darren Michels said Mounties were dealing with “several motor vehicle accidents all over the city” due to the unusually early dump of snow.

“We are requesting that drivers please use caution, slow down and give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination,” he said. “In particular, intersections have become slick with ice where people are attempting to slow down and stop. Give plenty of stopping distance.”

The good news is the snow is expected to stop overniight as the front moves on, with sunshine and cold temperatures — highs of below freezing — on tap for Saturday and Sunday.

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