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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. South Peace, Pine Pass and for the Alberta Peace.
In the South Peace, Tumbler Ridge could receive the most snow with 50 cm forecast by Saturday and 40 cm for the Pine Pass.
A slow moving frontal system will spread snow, freezing rain and strong winds across the B.C. central and northern interior beginning overnight. This long duration snowstorm will produce 30 to 40 cm of snow by Saturday morning. Areas near and along Highway 16 east of Prince George towards McBride and Highway 97 north of Prince George and those near Tumbler Ridge will see near 50 cm by Saturday morning.
In the North Peace, the forecast is calling for up to 20 cm by Saturday with the snow starting Thursday afternoon.
See the full warnings for the South Peace and Alberta Peace below.
3:40 PM PST Wednesday 30 January 2019
Winter storm warning in effect for:
- B.C. South Peace River
A long duration snowstorm is forecast to begin overnight in the Bulkley Valley and Thursday morning in the BC Peace.
A slow moving frontal system will spread snow, freezing rain and strong winds across the B.C. central and northern interior beginning overnight. This long duration snowstorm will produce 30 to 40 cm of snow by Saturday morning. Areas near and along Highway 16 east of Prince George towards McBride and Highway 97 north of Prince George, and those near Tumbler Ridge will see near 50 cm by Saturday morning.
Freezing rain mixed with snow will fall tonight over the Bulkley Valley Southeast and western Prince George regions ahead of the heavy snow.
As the frontal system collides with an advancing Arctic cold front on Thursday, strong winds will develop over parts of the northern interior generating poor visibilities in blowing snow.
Snow will abate on Saturday as dry Arctic air settles in.
Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.
4:29 AM MST Thursday 31 January 2019
Snowfall warning in effect for:
- Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and Demmitt
- Co. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and Wembley
- Co. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La Glace
- M.D. of Greenview near DeBolt
- M.D. of Greenview near Little Smoky
- M.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn Creek
- M.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon Lake
- M.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish Creek
- M.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. Area
A slow moving frontal system will spread heavy snow from west to east across central Alberta starting this morning. This long duration snowstorm is expected to produce total accumulations of 15 to 30 cm by Saturday afternoon.
Snowfall Warnings are issued when significant snowfall (10 cm or more within a 12 hour period) is expected.
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. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ABstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ABStorm.
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