Photo gives some indication of the limited visibility and slippery conditions experienced while heading north on Highway 5 a few kilometres south of Barriere at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday evening, April 1. Facebook photo by Pam Jim

Heavy Easter snowfall spoils long weekend for some

Multiple crashes reported on Highway 5 north of Kamloops

What started as a light fall of snow early Sunday morning, April 1, in the North Thompson Valley became a heavy snowfall that put drivers at risk.

The Easter Sunday snowfall produced giant flakes by mid-afternoon.

As a result of the large buildup of heavy wet snow, area roads became treacherous and visibility became extremely limited.

Motorists and truckers traveling on Highway 5 between Kamloops and Barriere reported multiple vehicles off the road, tractor-trailer units spun-out, with some drivers chaining up to try and get traction.

The snow accumulated so quickly that a number of drivers called for more plow trucks, reporting there was a buildup of four to six inches of packed snow, slush and ice on the highway.

BC Ambulance and Barriere Search and Rescue reportedly attended several accident scenes, and local First Responders were advising travellers to “stay home”.

The storm moved on by Monday morning, but in the meantime motorists were advised to check DriveBC for updates on road conditions, and if they didn’t have to drive that night – don’t.



newsroom@clearwatertimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

RCMP looking for grain haulers dumping grain on roadside pull-outs

Illegal practice happening on Highway 5 between Valemount and Avola

Personal Development Weekend Retreat coming up

By K.A. Pendergast Have you ever been stressed? I am sure most… Continue reading

MayDay Parade Theme is “Clearwater Life”

Parade takes place May 18 and starts at Capostinsky Park

Back in Time

Historical Perspective

It was no Kentucky Derby: B.C. girls host foot-long snail race

Two Grade 3 students in White Rock put four snails to the test in a hotly-contested street race

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

B.C. RCMP arrest foreign national in connection to airport thefts

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Police pursue pesky porker on Vancouver Island

‘This was allegedly not the pig’s first escape’

Westjet tries again to dismiss proposed class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination

Former flight attendant claims airline broke contractual promise to create harassment-free workplace

Man airlifted to hospital after apparent hunting incident in East Kootenay

The man was in stable condition when he was flown out of Fairmont Hot Springs to a Calgary hospital

Police probe eight fires set at B.C. elementary school

Nanaimo RCMP say fires appear to have been set intentionally

Most Read