The latest in a series of big snowfalls to hit the Quesnel area this winter moved in over the city Wednesday, Feb. 2, prompting a travel advisory on Highway 97 Wednesday night and a snow day for Quesnel School District students Thursday.
While many spent their evening at home amid the snowfall warning, others laced up their skates for a night of indoor skating in Quesnel.
Public skating went ahead Wednesday, Feb. 2 as heavy snow fell.
Lacing up her skates was Bella Lyne, who was prevented from going to her hockey practise in Williams Lake because of the weather.
Earlier that evening on Facebook, the ?Esdilagh First Nation, located between Williams Lake and Quesnel, shared a message from Chief Troy Baptiste.
“Today’s weather has been extreme and looks as though it will continue through the night,” Baptiste said.
“I am urging everyone to stay as safe as possible. Stay home if you can. If you can’t, please use extreme caution if you’re driving.”
Visibility was limited throughout the area, with Emcon Sevices Inc. also encouraging motorists to stay home.
After handing out some pizza pretzels to cousins Ally Campbell and Andie Borrett, who took a break from the ice, concession operator Silena Hilborn said the arena would typically be a lot busier reaching their 50-person capacity.
“We normally still get winter in February, so it’s a standard Quesnel winter, but I think Mother Nature needs to shut it off now,” Hilborn said with a laugh.
“There has been a lot of accidents, and there’s going to be a lot of cleanup from this one again.”
The following morning the dig out continued with snow and ice removal crews out in full force.
Because the roads had been deemed unsuitable for school bus travel by the Quesnel School District all bus runs were cancelled for Thursday, Feb. 3.
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