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Winter storm cause chaos on Heritage City streets

A Kootenay Lake School District bus, unable to navigate the slick, icy streets in Nelson, collided with a tree on Carbonate Street Thursday. — Submitted photo

Winter is not over quite yet according to Mother Nature.

Thursday, the Kootenays saw a Pacific frontal system front upwards of 20 cm of snow to Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass we well as more accumulation overnight and into Friday.

However, the snow, coupled with rising temperature, made road conditions very slick in the Heritage City for morning commuters as well as Kootenay Lake school and Nelson transit buses.

Most of the fender-benders occurred in the Uphill district of Nelson, where steep streets had to be closed to allow public works crews to catch up from the rapidly accumulating snow.

After dropping off students at Trafalgar Middle School, a Kootenay Lake School District driver was unable to navigate the slick streets, eventually ending up colliding with a tree on the 600 Block of Carbonate Street.

The driver was the only occupant of the bus. No word on the extent of injuries.

Tow trucks were able to remove the bus from the tree later Thursday morning.

The storm also shut down Nelson Transit for part of Thursday morning as streets proved to be too slick for buses.

Environment Canada, continuing its Snowfall Warning for Boundary, Kootenay Lake, West Kootenay Thursday evening, called for another 10-15 cm of snow overnight before the storm tapers off to a few flurries Friday morning.