Snowfall warning for Pine Pass, Bulkley Valley today

If you’re planning on driving through the Pine Pass today or planning on heading west to Smithers or Terrace, you might want to reconsider your decision.

Winter storm warnings are in effect and hazardous winter conditions are expected.

An arctic front has moved into the Peace River area giving strong northerly winds of 50 km/h gusting to 70. Meanwhile, moisture from an approaching Pacific frontal system will overrun the arctic air producing heavy snow in the Peace, including the Pine Pass. The snow will continue today and tonight, with total accumulations up to 25cm by early Friday morning. Visibilities will be reduced in blowing snow due to the strong winds.

Over Highway 97, heavy snow and blowing snow are expected mainly east of Pine Pass today.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

About 20 to 25cm of snow is expected in the Bulkley Valley today.

Some areas have already received 10cm of snow. An additional five to 10cm is expected today for the Bulkley Valley. For Highway 16 – Smithers to Terrace, generally light accumulations are expected along the route except south of Moricetown where an additional five to 10cm is anticipated.

The snowfall will slowly taper off this afternoon and end overnight.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

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