Campbell River area blanketed with snow, no sign of it letting up

Environment Canada says a pocket of cold air remains over Campbell River and will persist into the night

Snow plow shoves slush and snow to the side of Alder Street just north of the Hilchey Road intersection this afternoon. Snow

Campbell River and area was snowed in today and many residents spent part of their day shovelling driveways.

The snow has been falling steadily all day and shows no sign of letting up. It appears that Campbell River is the ‘lucky’ spot as Environment Canada’s weather forecast for the region calls for periods of rain except for snow in Campbell River. Temperatures are expected to stay around zero as we roll into the evening.

The Environment Canada website has a snowfall warning in effect that states: “While most temperatures across East Vancouver Island rose to above zero today, a pocket of cold air remains over Campbell River and will persist tonight. Precipitation associated with a low offshore will continue as snow tonight over Campbell River. Further snowfall amounts of 5 cm can be expected by Sunday morning.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”

The main routes throughout the city were fairly clear throughout the day but many side streets are clogged with rutted snow and slush.

Drive BC’s website is warning drivers that main highways have compact snow with slushy sections. Here’s the online report:

Compact Snow with Slushy Sections Highway 19 Both directions – Compact Snow with Slushy Sections from Junction with Highway 19A, in Campbell River to Junction with Highway 28, in Campbell River (637 m). Updated Sat Dec 10 at 2:40 pm PST.Compact Snow with Slushy Sections Highway 19A between Parksville and Campbell River Both directions – Compact Snow with Slushy Sections 25 km north of Courtenay to Campbell River (24.4 km). Updated Sat Dec 10 at 2:40 pm PST.Compact Snow with Slushy Sections Highway 28 Both directions – Compact Snow with Slushy Sections from Buttle Narrows to Campbell River (39.8 km). Updated Sat Dec 10 at 2:40 pm PST.

Businesses around town remained open but some community events were cancelled. Kids flocked to the hills at the Sportsplex with sleds, sliders and toboggans in hand to take advantage of the snowfall.