UPDATE – Environment Canada have upgraded from Winter storm watch to a warning. Below is a copy of the full statement from Environment Canada.
This is a warning that significant snowfall is expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.
A trough of low pressure approaching the coast today will track inland tonight and across Southern B.C. on Thursday. Snow associated with this trough will begin over the B.C. Peace region overnight and continue through Thursday night before gradually tapering off by Friday morning. Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 centimetres can be expected by Friday morning. In addition, the snow combined with strong easterly winds of 40 gusting to 60 km/h will reduce visibilities in blowing snow tonight and Thursday.
Following a brief respite, after Monday’s spring snowstorm…which featured an April 11th record dump of 11.2 centimeters…another winter storm watch is in effect for the North Peace.
This time the snow and blowing snow are expected to hit tonight, and provided it all comes after midnight, Environment Canada estimates, we could receive close to 15 centimeters tomorrow.
However, unlike Monday, that would not be a daily record, as the April 14th mark…which is also the most for any single day during the month…is 28.2 centimeters, recorded in 2002.
However, 15 centimeters would push this month’s total to 27, and that would be slightly more than two and half times, the April norm, with half the month still to come.
In addition, to add insult to snow-shovelling injury, the forecast is also calling for periods of snow on Friday.