Cranbrook, BC (February 6, 2017 – 11:25am) -- Cranbrook RCMP is asking motorists to stay off the highway due to the large accumulation of snow that has occurred over the past weekend. Several roads are closed in the area, as per the Ministry of Transportation, and school busses are not running.
With this large amount of snowfall, conditions deteriorated over the weekend causing the Ministry of Transportation to close the road between Sparwood and the Alberta border. Roads are also closed near Elko due to avalanche concerns.
Roadways and sidewalks in the City of Cranbrook are also snow covered and hazardous to get around. Although City crews are working tirelessly in their efforts to remove the snow, it will still take time to have streets and sidewalks plowed.
“Snow is still expected in the coming days and the Cranbrook RCMP is asking anyone who does not need to be travelling on the roadways to stay home,” says Cst. Katie Forgeron with Cranbrook RCMP.
School District 5 has now closed all schools across the district today. Kids are being sent home. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday.
Operations at the Canadian Rockies International Airport are still going despite the weather, however flights may be delayed or cancelled. Please check their website on the general status of flights and check your airline websites to confirm your flights before you head to the airport.
Public Works snow removal crews and all available City contractors continue working to try to keep all emergency routes opens. Crews have been operating 24 hours a day and are doing their very best with all the snow removal work.
Crews are working to try to keep essential travel possible, but streets will not be able to be cleared curb to curb. Many of the streets have very large windrows and many intersections are very tight. If you are driving, please use extreme caution and care.
For those living in cul-de-sacs, Public Works advises it could be the better part of a week before City plows are able to reach them. The City of Cranbrook is asking any citizens who have snow blowers, plows on trucks or quads or if you simply have a shovel and a strong back, to please do what you can to assist us with clearing snow from cul-de-sacs, alleys and sidewalks.
All BC Transit service is cancelled today and tonight’s scheduled Council meeting has also been cancelled.
Garbage collection is cancelled today and on Tuesday as Public Works staff was pulled off other duties to help with snow clearing operations. All collection zones affected will be allowed extra bags for pick up next week on their regular collection day.
Please continue to watch our website, our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information and updates.
The City of Cranbrook appreciates your patience and understanding as we continue to deal with this extreme snowfall and work hard to try to keep our major routes available for necessary travel.