Wind warning for PG; storm warning for Pine Pass

Hang on to your hats … literally.

Environment Canada is predicting strong wind gusts in the Prince George area this afternoon.

An approaching Pacific low pressure system will make landfall along the central coast midday today and then track across northern BC this afternoon and evening. As the low moves inland, strong southerly winds will develop over the central interior. Winds are forecast to peak late this afternoon with gusts as high as 80 km/h and then gradually diminish tonight.

A snowfall warning is in effect for the Peace River area.

Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm continues. A Pacific low pressure system has spread snow across northern BC. The snow will intensify today before easing this evening. Total snowfall accumulations of up to 15 to 25 cm are expected across the Williston region and the areas of the BC Peace District near the Rockies.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

And, a winter storm warning is in effect for the Pine Pass.

Snowfall of 25 to 35 cm of snowfall accumulation is expected over Pine Pass by early Saturday morning.

A deep low will track just south of Pine Pass today producing a favourable set-up for heavy snow over much of the B.C. central interior and especially Pine Pass. Heavy snow is already falling this morning. It will continue heavy at times today and this evening before easing overnight or early Saturday morning.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.

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

ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.