To some, this morning's snowfall meant awakening to a winter wonderland, but for others, it spelled a nightmare of a commute.
However, it seemed that the weeks of warnings and reminders for drivers to prepare for winter conditions paid off, as nothing serious seemed to have come as a result this morning's snowfall.
"I'm happy to report that as far as we could monitor there were no serious accidents this morning," said Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP. "There was definitely a lot of traffic based on road conditions and weather conditions, but no serious crashes or injuries."
According to Paquet, the morning commute in Surrey was as congested as expected, but when it came to accidents, the only incidents being reported were minor at best.
"We saw a few vehicles leaving the roadway and ending up off road in the morning hours as well as a few fender benders," he said.
Paquet said that drivers, for the most part, did well in following proper winter driving safety guidelines.
"They were expected in those conditions but so far so good," he said. "Hopefully people are seeing the proof on the roads that it is time to slow down, give yourself extra time and be aware of your surroundings."
As for advice for future snow days, as more is expected to fall in the region overnight, Paquet said people just need to keep following common sense when it comes to driving, and stay at home, if at all possible.
"Most people have to travel and commute to go to work, but in extreme conditions we recommend not using your vehicles and staying put," he said. "In the case that you do have to travel, give yourself extra time so that you're not in a hurry and reduce your speed, that's exactly what we want."
Paquet also suggested those without snow tires may want to invest in a pair, as winter is still just beginning.
"Make sure your tires are good, make sure traction is good and that you're not driving on the bald ones," he said. "Just slow down and take your time."
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