Updated as of 6 AM Thursday: We have some new forecast models to share…
30 to 40 cm of snow by Saturday morning. This will be a 2 or 3 day event. The storm system will be mixed with rain in the Prince George city limits on Thursday while rural areas will see snow. Environment Canada suggests 10 to 15 cm Thursday, an additional 10 cm on Friday and 5 to 10 cm for Saturday. Temperatures are still expected to drop and will do so on Friday.
Next update at 4 pm.
UPDATED AS OF 5:30 PM: Snow accumulations will vary depending on your location. 15 to 25 cm is forecast for those in the PG area. The brunt of the system is going to stall over the northeastern part of the Central Interior up to Tumbler Ridge into the BC Peace. 30 to 50 cm is expected for Hwy 16 east, McBride, and the Pine Pass.
As for temperatures.. It is expected to be very cold this weekend and into next week. The temperature is expected to drop down to minus 28 on Saturday night and even colder on Sunday night. Be prepared!
Below is a full update on this system…
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.
Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone. ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.
Road conditions are available at http://www.drivebc.ca.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.