After record weekend snowfall, relief from deep freeze expected

A snowman taller than the stop sign looms on the corner of S. Birch and Merecroft after Friday’s record breaking snowfall.

A snowman taller than the stop sign looms on the corner of S. Birch and Merecroft after Friday’s record breaking snowfall.

Campbell River saw record breaking snowfall on Friday and Saturday with a total of 44 cm accumulating, according to Environment Canada.

On Friday there was 18 cm followed by 26 cm more on Saturday, records for those specific days since 1985.

City crews have been working round the clock since the snow started to fall on Friday morning, said Drew Hadfield, transportation manager.

“We continue to focus on our primary routes based on our policy and we have to come back to those on a regular basis so that’s what delays getting into the residential areas that some people are concerned about,” he said.

Despite the snow, it is business as usual at the Campbell River Airport, said Tyler Massee, airport manager. They have kept both the runways and the parking lot open throughout the snowfall.

However, visibility issues have caused some flights to be cancelled and he said airlines have been having a hard time keeping up with de-icing.

All schools were closed on Tuesday due to ongoing snowfall and road conditions.

Environment Canada forecast temperatures to increase above freezing starting on Thursday with a chance of rain or snow, and then a high of 6 degrees and a 30 per cent chance of showers on Friday and clouds and eight degrees on Saturday.

Below: Joy Humphries, 8, spent the morning sliding down the hill at the Sportsplex on Monday. Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror

 

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