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Dec 28, 2014

04:54:43 GMT--Snow Storm - North-America - Canada

EDIS Number: SS-20141228-46470-CAN

Date / time: 28/12/2014 04:53:15 [UTC]

Event: Snow Storm

Area: North-America

Country: Canada

State/County: Province of British Columbia

Location: [Province-wide]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


wintry blast in parts of BC is causing headaches for holiday travellers this weekend. Whether people were trying to catch a flight or drive to their destination, they were going nowhere fast. A strong winter storm making its way across British Columbia has caused problems in the interior, but is joy to skiiers in the Metro Vancouver area. In the Columbia-Shuswap district, Highway 1 is closed in both directions from Revelstoke to Craigellachie due to a serious accident involving three vehicles. It won't be opened until sometime late Saturday night, and traffic was stopped at Sicamous and Revelstoke the entire afternoon and evening, stranding hundreds of people. At Kelowna International Airport, flights were delayed all day due to poor visibility and a slippery runway. But in Vancouver, the storm meant local ski hills were blanketed with nearly a foot of snow. Mount Seymour's ski and snowboard school opened for the first time all year, and it's hoped more areas will open up in the coming days. "We've got a lot of very patient skiiers that are checking with us all the time..they're as keen as we are to get rolling, and I think this is it," said Mt. Seymour Resorts president Eddie Wood. "We've had some very dry weather, and we've had some warm weather as well. But with this change, this is exactly the recipe we've been waiting for." All the snow hitting B.C. is likely to stick for many days to come. Environment Canada is warning arctic air is expected to move into the Southern Interior starting Sunday. Officials say that temperatures could be at least 10 degrees below seasonal averages for several days.

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