Fort St. John scales back snow-clearing operations amid brutal cold snap

The City of Fort St. John is scaling back its snow clearing operations until warmer weather arrives.

The city said Monday the decision was made for worker safety and to protect equipment. Crews are out sanding, the city said.

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"While we say we laugh in the face of the cold weather, it, unfortunately, wreaks havoc on our Snow Fighters and equipment," the city said in a statement.

"At this temperature, the protection of our workers and equipment is paramount, and therefore we have reduced our winter road maintenance to emergency only status until temperatures warm up. We will continue to monitor and address issues on the roads to ensure the safety of those using them."

Fort St. John is currently under an extreme cold warning, with wind chills expected to remain below -40 C this week.

The forecast calls for a balmy -10 C on Sunday, with a mix of sun and cloud.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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