FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Snowfall warnings have been issued for the South Peace and a special weather warning has been issued for the Pine Pass.

Snow is expected in the South Peace through Sunday morning.  A total of 1o to 15 cm is expected near Tumbler Ridge, but most of the South Peace will receive snow.  Snow is also expected in the Pine Pass, but temperatures are expected to drop quickly as wind speeds in the area increase to over 50 km/h.

Argo will be deploying extra equipment to these areas.  Use caution, and drive to conditions.

See the full weather warnings below.

Warnings

3:48 AM PST Saturday 19 February 2022
Snowfall warning in effect for:

Heavy snow near the Rockies beginning this afternoon.

Locations: Tumbler Ridge, Highway 52, Highway 29.

Timespan: This afternoon through early Sunday morning.

Hazard: Reduced visibility in heavy snow. Rapidly accumulating snow.

Remarks: An Arctic front will move across the B.C. Peace River district today. Snow will fall across the region but will be particularly heavy near the Rockies. 10 to 15 cm of snow is forecast to fall near Tumbler Ridge and surrounding highways.

Cold air will accompany the passage of this Arctic front with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees celsius below seasonal average.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. 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 BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Statements

5:00 AM PST Saturday 19 February 2022
Special weather statement in effect for:

Potential for heavy snow and blowing snow with poor visibilities this evening.

Timespan: Late this afternoon and this evening.

Location: Highway 97 – Pine Pass.

Hazard: Sudden reduction in visibility due to snow and blowing snow. Strong gusty winds up to 50 km/h.

Remarks: An Arctic front will blast through the Rockies late this afternoon and this evening. As the front moves through Pine Pass, heavy flurries and strong winds will generate blowing snow with poor visibilities.

Temperatures will also plummet with the passage of the front by 10 degrees celsius.