FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace could see anywhere from 10 to 20 cm of snow before the storm ends Saturday night.
It’s unclear exactly how much snow has already fallen, but the North Peace is the hardest hit. The snow storm knocked out power to over 2,000 customers early Saturday morning between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Heavy snow knocked down a tree onto power lines in Fort St. John.
Snow clearing crews in the City of Fort St. John are already out cleaning streets and sidewalks. In a tweet earlier this week, the City said crews would start with priority routes first.
— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) September 29, 2016
— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) October 1, 2016
Highways in the North Peace are listed as snow covered with slushy sections. Heavy snow was also expected in the Pine Pass. The Drivebc.ca web camera at the summit is currently down. For updates on roads in the B.C. Peace and the Pine Pass, visit www.drivebc.ca
— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) October 1, 2016
If you see any problems on the roads, or damage caused by the storm, email [email protected]
As of Saturday morning, Fort Nelson hadn’t received any snow, but a weather warning issued Saturday suggests that region could also see 10 to 20 cm of snow.
More snow is still expected according to Environment Canada. Here is the full weather warning in place for both Fort Nelson and the North Peace.
4:26 AM PDT Saturday 01 October 2016
Snowfall warning in effect for:
- B.C. North Peace River
- B.C. South Peace River
Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.
The first significant snowfall of the season is currently impacting the B.C. Peace River District and southern Fort Nelson region.
An early season Arctic front will continue to push down across northern BC today while a moist Pacific front streams up from southern B.C. Snow will continue over sections of the Alaska Highway south of Fort Nelson. Over the B.C. Peace, the snowfall rate will increase through the day as the southern moisture stream intensifies and the Arctic air becomes more entrenched. The cold north winds will persist through today as well.
10 to 15 cm of additional snowfall accumulation is forecast today with the heavier snow easing to flurries by midnight tonight.
Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.
Tweets about all the fresh snow
— Bob Zimmer MP (@bobzimmermp) October 1, 2016
— Angela Gatt (@agatt84) October 1, 2016
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article suggested snow had already fallen in Fort Nelson. This has been corrected as of 8:30 a.m.