02/07/2015 02:58 EST | Updated 04/09/2015 05:59 EDT

Terrace, Kitimat digging out from record-breaking snowfall

The small B.C. towns of Kitimat and Terrace are digging out from a record snowfall after receiving more than 120 cm of snow from a Pineapple Express weather system that continues to bring heavy moisture to the B.C. coast.

The former 24-hour snowfall record, set on Feb. 5, 1961, was 112 cm.

Heavy snowfall and power outages resulted in the cancellation of all flights into the Kitimat-Terrace airport Friday. Crews worked on restoring power overnight, but hundreds of customers were still without power by noon Saturday.  

The District of Kitimat opened its Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate a major snow clearing effort involving municipal crews and private contractors.

By mid-day Saturday, the district announced it had cleared many of the main roads, but side streets were still plugged.

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However, fallen trees and downed power lines prevented snow removal on Kitamaat Village Road which by mid-day Saturday still remained closed.

Search and Rescue personnel in snowmobiles were placed on standby, ready to mobilize if necessary in order to access difficult-to-reach homes.

Residents were being asked to stay off the roads as municipal crews cleared streets.The district warned in a statement that venturing out and getting stuck would hinder snow removal.

It also asked people to conserve water due to power outages which were impacting the town's pumping system.

Robin Rowland, a Kitimat resident, said Friday, that the snow had nearly reached rooftops on his street.

"The snow is piled up so high that you can hardly see out of the windows of the house," he said.

To listen to the full interview with Robin Rowland and Tyler Noble in Kitimat, click on the audio labelled Record-breaking snowfall blowing through Kitimat.