Ross Davies’ dog was enjoying the snow. (Contributed)

Ross Davies’ dog was enjoying the snow. (Contributed)

Tuesday’s snow a manageable 10 cm in Maple Ridge

A few more days of winter yet, and maybe a white Christmas

Tuesday’s touch of winter snow kept accumulations within the magical number of 10 centimetres of the white stuff.

Any snowfall up to that amount is easily handled by City of Maple Ridge works crews who got on to the roads all night Tuesday and on Wednesday.

Snow started at about noon on Tuesday and brought about 10 centimetres to areas east of 240th Street in Maple Ridge, said Walter Oleschak, roads superintentent.

If that’s all that falls, road crews can easily clear the primary roads then turn their attention to sidestreets.

But if more than 10 cm fall, all efforts are focused on keeping the main routes open and secondary roads are left until later.

“We were staying on top of that,” Oleschak said. “The big issue was the rain before the show washing all the brine off the roads.”

If snow’s expected, crews usually try to spread brine on to the roads so it soaks in and stalls icing on the roads.

But the heavy rain in the morning prevented that, which was followed by snow in the afternoon and evening.

Oleschak said the central part of Maple Ridge received only about five cm overnight.

Although the rain washed away the brine, road crews in a total of 11 trucks, spread salt and sand on to Maple Ridge roads on Tuesday evening. Temperatures warmed up on Wednesday but were expected to go back to freezing by this evening, Oleschak said.

Temperatures though cooled on Tuesday, dropping from 4 C at 11 a.m. at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport, down to 1 C by 11 p.m. that night. Today, Wednesday, it cooled even further down to -3 C at 9 a.m., before rebounding to -1 C.

Following last winter’s heavy snow, Maple Ridge soon will double the amount of salt it will be able to store at its public works yard.

Currently, the city has 3,000 tonnes of salt on hand, about 800 more tonnes than previously kept.

A new storage shed will allow another 3,000 tonnes of salt to be kept in reserve.

“The one that worries me the most … I think that on Christmas Day, we might have snow,” Oleschak said.

About five cm are expected, which is great for people who want a white Christmas, though it means crews will be in the trucks on the big day.

The city’s performance drew mainly praise on its Facebook page. “Thanks for your work during this weather,” said Deb Cameron.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Silver Valley resident Freda du Plessis was photographing bumblebees near Pitt Lake when a “majestic” osprey flew overhead hunting for food. It snagged this fish, and set down on a pole near du Plessis to eat. (Special to The News)
SHARE: Time to feast

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon.

Bill Longpre shared a picture of the Fraser River and the Golden Ears Bridge as seen from one of the remaining mills along the shore in Albion. (Special to The News)
SHARE: Living life along the Fraser

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon.

Machine gun on roof of Pitt Meadows municipal hall, circa 1929. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
LOOKING BACK: German machine gun mystery solved – at least part of it

Recently discovered documents uncovered how war trophies came to exist in Pitt Meadows

Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
LETTER: Maple Ridge resident encourages people to stand up to anti-Asian racism when they see it

Local letter writer can’t understand why people act out against certain groups

Kat Wahamaa marched downtown Vancouver to mark the fifth anniversary of the opioid crisis in B.C. She lost her own son to a fentanyl overdose in 2016. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Mothers mark opioid anniversary with march in Vancouver

Former City of Maple Ridge artist-in-residence and Maple Ridge homeless advocate mourn loss of children

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to open up COVID vaccine registration to all B.C. residents 18+ in April

Registration does not equate to being able to book an appointment

(Black Press file photo).
Multiple stabbings at Vancouver Island bush party

Three youths hospitalized after an assault in Comox

Selina Robinson is shown in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday November 17, 2017. British Columbia’s finance minister says her professional training as a family therapist helped her develop the New Democrat government’s first budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she will table Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. finance minister to table historic pandemic-challenged deficit budget

Budget aims to take care of people during pandemic while preparing for post-COVID-19 recovery, Robinson said

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Statistics Canada says the country's crime rate ticked up again in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, though it was still lower than it was a decade ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of April 18

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

Each spring, the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale is held in Penticton. This year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will not be held. However, beer is still available. How much do you know about this beverage? (pxfuel.com)
QUIZ: How much do you really know about beer?

Put your knowledge to the test with this short quiz

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)
‘Entire province faces risk’: B.C. citizens urged to prepare for above-average spring flooding

Larger-than-normal melting snowpack poses a threat to the province as warmer weather touches down

Most Read