FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The gorgeous sunny skies over Fort St. John this morning are to be taken with a grain of salt, as Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm Warning for region.

Meteorologists are forecasting hazardous winter conditions to develop in the B.C. Peace later on Wednesday. An Arctic front will move into the area overnight tonight, with strong winds out of the north, with forecast wind speeds of 50 km/h and gusts up to 70 km/h.

Meanwhile, moisture from an approaching Pacific frontal system will overrun the Arctic air producing heavy snow. Light snow will start tonight and become heavier on Thursday, and the snow is expected to persist into Thursday night with total accumulations up to 25 cm by early Friday morning.

Visibility will be reduced to near-zero at times in the heavy and blowing snow due to the strong winds, while highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Environment Canada is advising travellers to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

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