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Snow forces buses off city streets

With almost 50 cm of snow falling in 24 hours at Whitewater ski hill, it
With almost 50 cm of snow falling in 24 hours at Whitewater ski hill, it's no wonder Nelson was digging out Thursday morning. So much snow continues to fall that city buses were temporarily taken off the roads.
— image credit: Sam Van Schie photo

So much snow continued to fall in Nelson Thursday that buses were temporarily out of commission and the City of Nelson advised motorists to stay off streets unless travel was deemed necessary.

Until recently, most Heritage City folks wondered if Christmas would be white here in the Kootenay. Well, it is.

Thursday’s first morning light revealed a dump of snow like few others this region has recently experienced.

Digging out for the morning commute, neighbour greeted neighbour, shovel in hand, extolling the almost unbelievable amount of white stuff blanketing the community.

Thursday reports from Whitewater claim 42 cm or 16.5 inches of snow fell at the hill between 5 p.m. and 4 a.m. In the past 24 hours 50 cm fell, with 96 cm in the past three days.

With snow still falling heavily yesterday morning, Environment Canada had yet to lift its warning. There is an “intense” Pacific frontal system over our region that doesn’t seem to be moving on. Snow will possibly taper off by Friday after a further 15 to 25 cm is expected to fall.

 

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