YRB urges caution as winter driving continues for highway driving

Highway 6 near Whitewater Ski Hill entrance is wet and slippery. — DriveBC photo
Highway 6 near Whitewater Ski Hill entrance is wet and slippery. — DriveBC photo

Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. is asking the public to use caution when driving the highways in the region after a high amount of moisture was received during the past 24 hours.

"We have received 4 mm of rain in the valley over night with steady to heavy rainfall forecasted through the day today," said Marc Dale of YRB.

"The large volume of snow we have received along with the rising temperatures are producing slippery conditions, particularly on side roads which have compact snow."

Dale said the rainfall along with warmer temperatures is drawing the frost out of the ground and creating a crust of ice on the side roads as well there is water ponding so please drive to conditions.

"The aggregate is washing off the compact due to rain and the frost coming out of the ground is keeping the compact frozen rather than breaking up," Dale said.

"Conditions will be challenging on side roads until the rain stops."
 
Dale said YRB is patrolling, sanding, salting 24 hours a day but the public is urged to please use extreme caution.

"Higher elevation areas are colder than the valley so be aware that rain switches to snow and road temperatures drop creating the risk of black ice, slippery compact.

"We have all had a challenging month of weather, please  use extreme caution driving, check DriveBC prior to travelling."

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