Fort Nelson could see 50 mm of rain and even some snow

FORT NELSON, B.C. – While the Fort St. John region is expected to see just rain this weekend, residents in Fort Nelson and areas of higher elevation could see snow.

Environment Canada has issued a weather warning for the Fort Nelson region that suggests the region could see 40 to 50 mm of rain and in some areas up to 10 cm of snow.  In Fort St. John and the North Peace, the rain should end by noon Saturday, with a chance of more rain Saturday night.

North in Muncho Lake, Environment Canada says that region could see up to 20 cm of snow.  See the full weather warning below.

Snow has been falling along the Alaska Highway near Bucking Horse.  This photo was shared on Facebook from early Saturday morning, show extreme driving conditions in the area due to the snow.

A photo from the Alaska Highway near Bucking Horse taken May 28 - Facebook.
A photo from the Alaska Highway near Bucking Horse taken May 28 – Facebook.

Below is the full warning from Environment Canada for the Fort Nelson region.

5:15 AM PDT Saturday 28 May 2016
Weather Advisory in effect for:

  • Fort Nelson

A cold upper trough of low pressure over the province has created a moist easterly flow over northeast BC. Rain will continue today through Sunday but will change to wet snow over higher elevations this afternoon as freezing levels lower. Mixed rain and wet snow is likely at lower elevations tonight and Sunday morning as well. Total precipitation amounts of 40 to 50 mm are forecast with snowfall accumulations of 10 cm or more likely at higher elevations by Sunday morning.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm in British Columbia and #YKStorm in Yukon.

More snow for Muncho Lake – Stone Mountain Park

The Snow will get heavier by the time you travel up to Muncho Lake north of Fort Nelson.  That region is under a weather warning that it could see up to 20 cm of snow.

The snow hasn’t arrived in Muncho Lake according to this webcam picture take at 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

This is a webcam picture from Muncho Lake taken May 28 at 7:45 a.m. Here is a link to this webcam - http://www.metcam.navcanada.ca/hb/player.jsp?id=124&cam=278&lang=e
This is a webcam picture from Muncho Lake taken May 28 at 7:45 a.m. Here is a link to this webcam – http://www.metcam.navcanada.ca/hb/player.jsp?id=124&cam=278&lang=e

But at one of the highest points along the Alaska Highway, there is snow.  This webcam photo was taken Saturday morning from the top of Steamboat Hill.

This webcam shot is from Steamboat Hill on the Alaska Highway - You can see more from this camera at http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/484.html
This webcam shot is from Steamboat Hill on the Alaska Highway – You can see more from this camera at http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/484.html

 

Issued at 2016-05-28 12:01 UTC by Environment Canada:
Snowfall warning issued for:
Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park, B.C. (088200)

Current details:
A long period of snowfall, with total amounts of 20 to 30 cm is expected.

A cold upper trough of low pressure over the province has created a moist northeasterly flow over northeast BC. Snow has already developed over higher elevations last night. As freezing levels lower snow will develop elsewhere by this afternoon. The snow will be heavy at times and continue through tonight. Total snowfall accumulations will range from 15 to 20 cm at lower elevations to 30 cm or more at higher elevations. The snow will ease Sunday morning and change to rain at lower elevations Sunday afternoon.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Travel is not recommended. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go tohttp://www.getprepared.gc.ca/