Snowplows were out in force Sunday morning as Prince Rupert received a heavy dump of snow.
City communications manager Veronika Stewart said crews began salting and sanding sidewalks on Saturday, and were out plowing at 8 a.m. Crews focused on high priority areas such as emergency and bus routes and cleared catch basins to prevent flooding.
On Monday, crews were still out in full force.
Neither the Weather Network nor Environment Canada had forecasted snow, with both sites calling instead for rain throughout the day. Environment Canada reported a mix of rain and snow at the Prince Rupert airport in the morning, but meterologists were unable to provide a specific measurement.
Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Mcdonald said it was possible with temperature variances to see a localized weather system like the one experienced in Prince Rupert on Sunday. Mcdonald said Prince Rupert would likely see more rain this afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday, but that clearer skies were on the horizon for Thurday, Friday and the weekend.
“It’ll be a bit colder with highs of 3°C or 4°C and overnight lows of -5°C going into the weekend,” he said. “But it’ll be sunny during the day and clear at night through the weekend.”
Mcdonald could not say what the long term forecast is for the area, but did note that the end of February is typically a time of transition.
Sunday’s snowfall did not prevent Rupertites from making the best of the day.