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Despite whiteout, snowy conditions, not many crashes in Agassiz-Harrison: RCMP

Relatively quiet on the roads following Tuesday snowstorm
Emergency crews were on the scene of a crash that resulted in a power outage for thousands of people in Agassiz-Harrison this past weekend. Following the major snowfall on Tuesday, however, there were relatively few traffic incidents despite whiteout conditions and high winds. (Photo/Todd Richard)

Save for the metallic scraping of snow plows, the streets in Agassiz-Harrison were relatively quiet the Tuesday (Dec. 20) morning following a significant snowstorm.

The Agassiz RCMP advised the public to stay home if they can during the severe cold weather that gripped Agassiz-Harrison earlier this week.

Spokesperson Sgt. Mike Sargent told The Observer that despite the best snow removal efforts in the area, strong wind still had a major effect on visibility, creating whiteout conditions from the snow on the ground and in snow drifts piled along the sides of the road.

“It’s still pretty nasty out there,” Sargent said. “There have not been many collisions in our area (as of Tuesday morning) but there have been quite a few throughout the Fraser Valley.”

There was one report of a single-vehicle incident in the Mount Woodside area later that afternoon and a vehicle incident along Highway 1 in the Herrling Island area very early Wednesday morning.

According to Weather Canada, an arctic front brought in strong winds, creating wind chill values of down to -30 C in some areas of the Fraser Valley. Weather Canada advises sheltering pets and outdoor animals as unusually cold temperatures and strong winds linger in the area.

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