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RCMP urge people to avoid driving in Prince George as heavy snow continues

School buses and tow trucks getting stuck

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Crews have been operating overnight and throughout the morning to clear snow in Prince George.

RCMP are advising people to avoid driving in and around Prince George if they are able.

26 cm has already fallen, and Environment Canada says 15 more cm is on the way.

Cars, buses, and vans are getting stuck in large drifts of snow clogging the streets.

RCMP Corporal Craig Douglass says officers are finding many drivers unprepared.

"I saw half a dozen tractor-trailers attempting to go up hills without proper chains on, and they end up getting stuck, and that causes traffic, and of course that's a concern for all emergency services."

The Prince George school district reported nine buses were stuck this morning, and portions of some routes were cancelled.

There have even been reports of tow trucks getting stuck.

Terry Mayhew owns and operates a tow truck company in Prince George. He says after spending two hours clearing out a school parking lot, he had to buy new chains.

"The whole school was stuck, and all the buses, they were up against poles and signs and none of the kids could get out. It was pretty chaotic."

Mayhew estimates the current wait time for anyone needing a tow is two hours.

The Prince George airport has not cancelled any flights, though there are some delays.

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