Winter storm watch issued for Northeast B.C.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a winter storm watch for Northeast B.C. as the region coul…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a winter storm watch for Northeast B.C. as the region could see 15 to 25cm of snow on Friday.

A warm front from a low in the Gulf of Alaska will move into B.C. and the Yukon on Thursday. This front will stretch from Whitehorse to Valemount through Thursday night before slowly moving east into Alberta on Friday.

While light snow may fall during the day on Thursday, the heavier snow associated with the front will begin late Thursday afternoon or Thursday evening from Whitehorse to Blue River and push northeast into Watson Lake and the B.C. Peace River District overnight. The snow will finally make its way into the Fort Nelson region early Friday morning.

A total of 15 to 25 cm of snow will fall across the regions, but the exact total accumulation will be finalized as the event draws nearer. This Winter Storm Watch will be upgraded to warnings as appropriate.

See the full details of the watch below.

Issued at 2022-02-03 00:44 UTC by Environment Canada:

Winter storm watch issued for:

  B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)

  Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)

  Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park, B.C. (088200)

Current details:

Potential for heavy snow Thursday night and Friday.

Timespan: Late Thursday afternoon to Friday night.

Hazard: 15 to 25 cm of snow contributing to the potential for travel delays.

Locations: Whitehorse, Teslin, Cassiar Mountains, Watson Lake, Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake – Stone Lake, B.C. Peace River District, Williston, Highway 97 – Pine Pass, Prince George, McGregor, Yellowhead, Yellowhead Highway, North Columbia, Kinbasket.

Remarks: A warm front from a low in the Gulf of Alaska will move into B.C. and the Yukon on Thursday. This front will lie from Whitehorse to Valemount through Thursday night before slowing moving east into Alberta on Friday.

While light snow may fall during the day on Thursday, the heavier snow associated with the front will begin late Thursday afternoon or Thursday evening from Whitehorse to Blue River and push northeast into Watson Lake and the B.C. Peace River District overnight. The snow will finally make its way into the Fort Nelson region early Friday morning.

The snow will taper to flurries Friday evening across southeast Yukon and northern B.C. However, snow will continue through central B.C. and the North Columbia Friday night.

A total of 15 to 25 cm of snow will fall across the regions, but the exact total accumulation will be finalized as the event draws nearer. This Winter Storm Watch will be upgraded to warnings as appropriate.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

More details on the alert are available here.

The latest status and details on all alerts, including alerts that are not part of your subscription, can be found here: http://www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

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