Fort St. John still 35 centimetres away from December snowfall record

If the current Environment Canada forecast is accurate, we could reduce that spread number of 35 to between 20 and 25 tonight and Christmas Day. That’s because the weather bureau is calling for five to 10 centimetres of snow tonight and a wind shift to the north of 20 kilometres an hour. 

Another two to four centimetres is expected early Christmas Day, but the high is still expected to reach plus five later in the day. In addition, showers are forecast for Boxing Day, with a high near six before the temperature drops again about 15 degrees and we get more snow on Friday. 

If this all sounds like potential travel trouble, that’s because it is and the chief focus of concern right now is the Pine Pass. Up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall there from late this afternoon to early tomorrow morning, and as a result it is the subject of an Environment Canada weather alert this morning. So is the Alberta Peace, where snow and freezing rain are expected today, and the travelling public is advised to monitor weather office forecasts closely at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.