Snow blankets Richmond, toppling trees

An already harrowing Wednesday morning commute snarled by snow, came to a halt on No. 2 Road when a large tree came crashing down onto the road, just north of Blundell around 8 a.m., its limbs stretching all the way across the street and clipping a BMW sedan in the process.

There were no reported injuries in the incident, according to city spokesperson Ted Townsend.

"Obviously we're fortunate that nobody was injured," he said, adding that there were a number of fallen trees that impacted roadways.

Asked why so little snow was impacting trees, Townsend said that could be because the snow had a high moisture content, adding to its weight.

Elsewhere, tree branches were bending under the weight of the slushy now, slowing traffic to a crawl, and leading families to scramble for gloves, scarves and boots.

According to Environment Canada, snow is expected to be heavy at times later in the day, and then become mixed with rain.

And in coastal areas like Richmond, winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour are expected later Wednesday.

So will Richmond have a white Christmas?

Early indications in the five-day forecast show temperatures will remain steady at around 6 degrees Celsius, with lows dipping overnight to 1 degree Celsius, and with liquid sunshine on tap until at least Christmas day.

Olive, who asked her last name not be published, was among many residents in the South Arm area who were shoveling driveways and sidewalks for pedestrians.

She said South Arm Community Centre, at  604-718-8060, has a team of volunteers ready and willing to clear sidewalks for seniors and others who are unable to do so on their own.

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