British Columbia

Snowy weather in B.C. Interior: 'You're going to have to dig yourself out'

A night of heavy snowfall meant an early morning wake-up for Dawn Hill, who lives in the Joe Rich area just outside of Kelowna, B.C..

Kelowna residents woke up to a reported 40 centimetres of snow after a storm on Tuesday night.

Bruce Rosen shovels fresh snow in Nelson, in the West Kootenay, B.C.. (Bob Keating/CBC)

A night of heavy snowfall meant an early morning wake-up on Wednesday for Dawn Hill, who lives in the Joe Rich area just outside of Kelowna, B.C..

"My husband woke me up at 5:50 a.m. and said, 'You'd better get up a little sooner than expected, because you're going to have to dig yourself out," she told Daybreak South.

The snowstorm on Tuesday night created winter driving conditions along the Coquihalla Highway and blanketed other areas of higher elevations across the southern Interior of B.C..

In Kelowna, residents reported up to 40 centimetres of snow in some areas.

"We had so much snow that you couldn't even open the doors of the cars," said Hill, who couldn't move her ATV to try to plow her long driveway, and had to call in to work, and spend the day at home.

CBC listener Ian Maclean took this photo of about 10 centimetres of wet snow in Kelowna, B.C.. (Ian Maclean)

Bob Atkinson in Naramata did make it out of the house, but says it was slow going on the roads, his drive to Kelowna taking him two hours instead of the usual hour.

"All the way up through Summerland, [I was] looking at cars spun out on the side of the road...I saw at least three guys standing beside [the road], or just kind of looking kind of sheepish," Atkinson said.

Both Hill and Atkinson woke up without power, but that has since been restored. Neal Pobran with Fortis B.C. says customers should be ready for more outages.

"We are seeing some significant snowfall and some weather, so it is a good time of year to look at prepping yourself for this kind of event," he said.

"Always be prepared, especially this time of year for any outages, extra blankets, and maybe a back-up power supply isn't such a bad idea."

Temperatures are forecast to warm up Wednesday night, so areas like Kelowna can expect the snow to be replaced with rain. There are still snowfall warnings in effect for parts of the province.

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