Cars were sliding down Roberts Street at First Avenue after a heavy snowfall blanketed Ladysmith. These two cars got into a minor fender bender. Many were caught off guard when the snow hit Wednesday morning. Environment Canada was calling for 10 to 15 centimetres on Feb. 23.

Cars were sliding down Roberts Street at First Avenue after a heavy snowfall blanketed Ladysmith. These two cars got into a minor fender bender. Many were caught off guard when the snow hit Wednesday morning. Environment Canada was calling for 10 to 15 centimetres on Feb. 23.

Snow wreaks havoc on Cowichan Valley

Ladysmith residents were surprised by a bunch of white stuff floating down from the sky Wednesday morning.In a matter of minutes snow blanketed the roads — wreaking havoc.Director of Public Works, Joe Friesenhan, said there are two trucks and a grader out on the streets.“By 9 a.m. we were out,” he said, mentioning the snow came down so quickly the crews weren’t expecting it.“Most of the roads are good, but the hills are still closed,” he said Wednesday afternoon.Barricades were set up preventing people from driving up and down the hills.“It’s a safety issue,” he said, adding the graders will be going down the hills to sand as soon as possible.Ladysmith RCMP Staff Sgt. Roger Plamondon said he is encouraging people to stay off the roads as much as possible.There were reports of a few motor vehicle accidents due to the weather.RCMP are responding based on the seriousness of each incident.“We have a limited number of vehicles,” he said, mentioning the two cars with snow tires were out on scenes. “We are going to priority calls.”Plamondon said calls where there are injuries take precedence over minor fender benders.He said there were a number of incidents reported, some on Davis Road and one at Methuen Street and Fourth Avenue.“If you don’t have to drive stay off the roads,” he said.Fire Chief Ray Delcourt agreed.“Use caution out there,” he said. “Maybe stay home.”