Motorists should consider alternate travel plans if those plans take you through the Pine Pass. Environment Canada has issued a Blizzard Warning as wind gusts are in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
Wet snow has been falling all day in Prince George and more snow is on the way for tonight and tomorrow. An additional 20 cm is forecast. Temperatures are also expected to drop causing all the wet snow to turn into a sheet of ice. Please use extreme caution if you must travel.
Environment Canada details…
Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and visibility frequently near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.
A slow moving frontal system is producing heavy snow through Pine Pass tonight. An Arctic high pushing through the pass will generate winds of 40 km/h gusting to 60. The snow and wind will combine to produce whiteout conditions tonight and Friday.
The winds will begin to ease Friday evening and visibility will improve but occasional blowing snow may still occur until late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility.
Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. If you become stranded in a vehicle do not leave. The vehicle offers a form of protection from the cold. A single person walking through the snow is harder to find than a stranded car or truck. 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.