Snow conditions bad, but collisions minimal

Pedestrians and traffic on Douglas Street at View Street maneuver through the snow Wednesday morning. Just days from the annual Victoria Flower Count

Pedestrians and traffic on Douglas Street at View Street maneuver through the snow Wednesday morning. Just days from the annual Victoria Flower Count

Faced with calf-deep snow Wednesday morning, Victorians didn’t need to be convinced to leave their cars at home.The morning rush-hour produced no collisions of any seriousness within Victoria.“We’ve only had one reported incident of a vehicle that slid off the road,” Sgt. Grant Hamilton said. “Driving conditions were poor this morning and many people heeded the warnings and used alternate transportation or stayed home.”Many bus routes were cancelled, almost all were running late, and handyDART only brought people to medical appointments. While some private schools shut down, public schools were open as usual in Victoria. City snow-clearing crews worked full tilt to clear emergency routes, followed by hills, bridge decks and other artierial routes. Snow continued falling throughout the day. It reached between 15 and 20 centimetres by 2:30 p.m., depending on your location in the city, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist. “It’s very variable,” he said.Lundquist predicted another five to 10 centimetres by early Thursday morning.By Saturday, he called for rain but warned the new weather system could start off with yet another snowfall.

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