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Freezing rain, snow still falling in parts of Fraser Valley

Last Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm PDT

This picture from December 30, 2017 shows ice covering everything from trees to the road in Abbotsford, creating hazardous driving conditions (Courtesy @AbbyPoliceDept)

Another five to 10 cm of snow could fall in Agassiz and Hope today

Rain is in the forecast for Metro Vancouver

FRASER VALLEY (NEWS 1130) – You may want to hold off on that trip to the BC Interior. Conditions are still pretty dicey out in the Fraser Valley, with a winter storm warning still in effect.

“The western valley district, near Abbotsford, Aldergrove and Mission are dealing with freezing rain, which should transition to rain as the afternoon wears on,” says NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate.

“But it is colder further inland with a prolonged period of freezing rain mixed with some snow near Chilliwack. That’s on top of the 15 to 20 centimetres they were hit with yesterday. For the eastern reaches near Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope, you’re going to get more snowfall persisting through the end of the day.”

Commuters have reported some sketchy conditions on the roads.

“If you’re going west into Mission be very careful. It’s very slick,” says Lori, who called from the Lougheed Highway.

“It’s pretty nasty. I was on Hatzic Island and that got brutalized. All the vehicles are encased in ice again and all the trees, about a quarter inch. Here we go,” she tells NEWS 1130.

“If you can stay home, I would. If you’re out and about, slow down. The stretch of Highway 7 heading east at Hatzic, if you’re doing 120 km/h, people are still tailgating you.”

Drivers are being urged to slow down and drive for the conditions, no matter how confident they are behind the wheel.

“If you are comfortable in the snow and you have no problem driving in it, consider that there are other people on the road, trying to get where they need to go and they may not be as comfortable,” said Abbotsford Police Sergeant Judy Bird yesterday.

“Don’t put pressure on the drivers around you. We all have places to go and we all want to get there safely. Please be patient, be kind to one another, and make sure that you drive carefully.,”

School closures

Public schools in Chilliwack are closed today.

St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary is also closed.

The University of the Fraser Valley is open today, except for the Hope campus.

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