Planes, energy and automobiles struggle under first snowfall in the Okanagan – Okanagan

The first snowfall of the season has unleashed chaos on the Okanagan.

Environment Canada predicted between 10 and 15 centimeters of snow and it did not disappoint. A thick blanket of snow landed on the Okanagan with a thud on Friday, thanks to an atmospheric river.

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“Wet snow will gradually change to periods of rain at noon,” the alert read.

However, periods of rain could not wash away all that fell, and heavy, wet snow then stranded commuters.

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According to Kelowna RCMP’s Ryan Watters, there were five weather-related accident calls in the central Okanagan Friday morning as the work commute began. No roads were reported closed, but drivers took to social media to lament the slow journey.

At Kelowna International Airport, communications adviser Cassie Brannagan said there had been some flight delays.

Flights to Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton have been pushed back an hour or more while a flight to Terrace has been cancelled.

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“We are experiencing flight delays due to winter conditions, but our crews are working to get people out as soon as possible,” Brannagan said, adding that travelers should check with their airline if they have booked a flight. flight.

“It’s not a large volume (of delays) but we understand it has a big impact on customers traveling with us.”

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Even some who weren’t moving had to deal with some snow-related inconvenience.

Fortis BC issued a mid-morning alert that 1,300 Kelowna customers had lost power due to “bad weather”. Many outages were restored within hours.

City crews tasked with keeping local roads clear, however, will continue for much longer.

Geert Bos, manager of the City of Kelowna’s infrastructure operations department, said his team was caught off guard by the heavy snowfall.

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“It wasn’t very expected,” Bos said. “We had expected some snow, about an inch or two at the bottom of the valley…but definitely not what we’re seeing now.”

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Bos received reports of snowfall from all around Kelowna and said up to 15 centimeters had fallen on Black Mountain.

“Even down in the valley you’ll probably see about (five to seven centimeters),” he said.

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Crews began clearing the roads at 2 a.m. and will likely continue until late evening.

“And then, of course, we have a whole bunch of snow removal and bus stops and stairs and all that kind of stuff,” Bos said.

Snow has also knocked down trees, and Bos said the city has received 15 reports of downed trees and branches on public property so far.

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“By all means, don’t hesitate to call the city if you see any broken limbs,” he said. “They may not be removed immediately…we will deal with the hazards first. But then, as we start moving forward, we’ll come back and clean it up.

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More snow is forecast for the next four days, but the amount remains uncertain.

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