Snow

A snow plow fitted with a Pratt and Whitney ST6A turbine turboprop engine removes snow from the Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 between Creston and Salmo in the mid-1960s. (BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)

Jet-powered snow plow once deployed on B.C. highways

Powerful truck was fitted with a Pratt and Whitney ST6A turbine turboprop engine

  • Feb 8, 2021
A snow plow fitted with a Pratt and Whitney ST6A turbine turboprop engine removes snow from the Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 between Creston and Salmo in the mid-1960s. (BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Coquihalla Highway. (Black Press file photo)

Motorists warned about snowfall on Coquihalla Highway

25 cm fell on the Hope to Merritt section of the Coq overnight; with snow easing up during the day

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Coquihalla Highway. (Black Press file photo)
(THE NEWS – files)

Snowy days ahead for the Okanagan and Shuswap

The region could get up to 5 cm by Thursday

(THE NEWS – files)
Snow near the Coquihalla summit. (Contributed)

Okanagan sees highest January snowpack levels in eight years

The Okanagan snow basin is up 132 per cent of normal levels

Snow near the Coquihalla summit. (Contributed)
SilverStar Mountain Resort is a favourite of snowshoe enthusiasts to enjoy its trails in the great outdoors. (Ribbons of Green Trails Society photo)

Okanagan trails group encourages snowshoe activity

Vernon’s Ribbons of Green Trails Society says sport is a great way to enjoy winter

SilverStar Mountain Resort is a favourite of snowshoe enthusiasts to enjoy its trails in the great outdoors. (Ribbons of Green Trails Society photo)
A fundraising campaign has been created by friends and family of Samuel White, an Okanagan man who was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident near Enderby Dec. 29, 2020. (GoFundMe photo)

Funds sought for Okanagan man seriously injured in snowmobile accident

Samuel White may never regain the ability to walk after incident at Hunters Range near Enderby

A fundraising campaign has been created by friends and family of Samuel White, an Okanagan man who was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident near Enderby Dec. 29, 2020. (GoFundMe photo)
The Okanagan could have a white Christmas Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (Pixabay)

It could be a white Christmas in the Okanagan

Environment Canada is predicting a chance of snow on Christmas Day

The Okanagan could have a white Christmas Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (Pixabay)
Roderick Hansen spent Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Penticton shovelling snow off driveways belonging to seniors and others who were unable to shovel themselves. (Contributed)

Penticton man spends day shovelling strangers’ driveways

35-year-old Roderick Hansen saw the recent snow as an opportunity to do something kind for seniors

Roderick Hansen spent Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Penticton shovelling snow off driveways belonging to seniors and others who were unable to shovel themselves. (Contributed)
City of Vernon crews don’t have to contend with this much snow but they do have a lot to clear due to heavy snowfall Dec. 21. (Historic photo)

Snowfall warning has Vernon crews out in full force

Road clearing could take up to 72 hours to complete, once the snow stops

City of Vernon crews don’t have to contend with this much snow but they do have a lot to clear due to heavy snowfall Dec. 21. (Historic photo)
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for B.C.’s southern Interior beginning Monday. Accumulations of 10 to 20 centimetres are expected in some areas. (Twitter)

Environment Canada issues snowfall warning for southern Interior

Accumulations of 10 to 20 centimetres of snow expected, starting Monday

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for B.C.’s southern Interior beginning Monday. Accumulations of 10 to 20 centimetres are expected in some areas. (Twitter)
A big snowfall in Revelstoke last winter. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
A big snowfall in Revelstoke last winter. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
City of Armstrong Public Works Yard. (Google Maps)

Armstrong city staffer threatened in snow removal complaint

Community services manager says ‘veiled threat’ is believed to have been flippant, but is being taken seriously

City of Armstrong Public Works Yard. (Google Maps)
SilverStar Mountain has received 60 centimetres of snow in the last seven days. The resort will open to season pass holders Dec. 4, 2020. (SilverStar webcam image)

SilverStar Mountain Resort sees 60 cm of snow in past week

Despite the snowfall, the resort won’t be bumping up its opening date which is set for Dec. 4

SilverStar Mountain has received 60 centimetres of snow in the last seven days. The resort will open to season pass holders Dec. 4, 2020. (SilverStar webcam image)
In the past 24 hours, 50 centimeters (20 inches) of new snow has fallen at Big White Ski Resort. (Big White Ski Resort)

No shortage of snow at Big White Ski Resort

50 cm of snow in past 24 hours, 77 cm in last seven days

In the past 24 hours, 50 centimeters (20 inches) of new snow has fallen at Big White Ski Resort. (Big White Ski Resort)
In the past 24 hours, 50 centimeters (20 inches) of new snow has fallen at Big White Ski Resort. (Big White Ski Resort)

No shortage of snow at Big White Ski Resort

50 cm of snow in past 24 hours, 77 cm in last seven days

In the past 24 hours, 50 centimeters (20 inches) of new snow has fallen at Big White Ski Resort. (Big White Ski Resort)
Pictured in 2018, the lighted Kristi’s Run mogul course where members of the Canadian men’s women’s Olympic teams trained before leaving for the Olympics. (Western News - File)

Apex Mountain Resort receives record-breaking early season snow

The mountain saw close to 30 cm over the last 24 hours.

Pictured in 2018, the lighted Kristi’s Run mogul course where members of the Canadian men’s women’s Olympic teams trained before leaving for the Olympics. (Western News - File)
Its shaping up to be a record ski season at Big White (Photo courtesy of Big White Ski Resort)

Big White Ski Resort receives 17 cm of snow in 12 hours

Opening day for the resort is set for Nov. 26

Its shaping up to be a record ski season at Big White (Photo courtesy of Big White Ski Resort)
Crash on Highway 33. Image: Sam Hill.

Crashes plague Highway 33 in Rutland

Snow is causing havoc on the roads, Monday night

Crash on Highway 33. Image: Sam Hill.
Snow is causing issues on roads in  Joe Rich

Snow causes vehicles to spin into ditch in Joe Rich

Goudie Road and Highway 33 are slippery with snow

Snow is causing issues on roads in  Joe Rich
Skaters makes their way along the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa on the opening day of its 50th season, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. From manufactured rinks in city parks, to lengthy swaths of iced-over rivers, Canada’s outdoor public skating spaces may prove popular during the first full winter of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Are outdoor ice rinks safe? Experts say skating is low risk, but precautions needed

Municipalities across the country are working on guidelines for their outdoor skating rinks

Skaters makes their way along the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa on the opening day of its 50th season, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. From manufactured rinks in city parks, to lengthy swaths of iced-over rivers, Canada’s outdoor public skating spaces may prove popular during the first full winter of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang