Be careful when snow falls

Chelsea Powrie

Penticton saw a large amount of snow overnight Tuesday that contributed to roadway accidents, including one serious crash, and RCMP are asking drivers to be aware that when a significant snowfall event happens, they need to be extra careful. 

"You know, give themselves a bit of time in the morning before they need to get to where they need to go so they don't have to drive so quickly," said Cst. James Grandy. 

Close to a foot of snow fell in some areas in and around Penticton, and though warm temperatures Wednesday quickly cleared much of it up, the roads were slick and mushy for much of the day. 

Grandy said that during sudden snow events the RCMP tend to see a dip in the number of crashes, but a jump in how devastating they are. 

"It's almost like a lot of people are taking it quite slow, and we end up not seeing quite as many accidents," Grandy said. "There are accidents that happen, and those accidents can maybe be a little bit more severe than usual."

An example is the crash that closed Highway 97 near Summerland Tuesday evening, sending multiple people to hospital with severe injuries. 

Grandy added that safe driving practices, like being sure to properly clear a car after a large dump of snow, will help with safety. 

"You want to be able to see out of all the windows, you still need to be able to be aware of your surroundings and other vehicles and pedestrians especially so making sure that everything's de-iced is really crucial," Grandy said. 

The weather is looking warmer for the next few days in Penticton, but winter is far from over, meaning another sudden winter storm could still be around the corner. 

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