Mounties issue travel advisory for Central B.C. Interior

A BC Highway webcam showing conditions at around 1:00 p.m. MST Tuesday at the Mackenzie Junction on Highway 97. Photo by DriveBC.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The North District RCMP is advising residents to postpone any travel plans on roads in the Central Interior for the next few days due to a major snowstorm expected to begin Tuesday evening.

North District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said that an extreme snowfall is expected to move into Central B.C. this evening, with accumulations of between 30 and 50 centimetres of snow expected. Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning for much of Central B.C. including the Prince George and Mackenzie areas earlier today.

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Cpl. Saunderson said that driving in such adverse conditions can present many challenges.

“If you don’t need to be out in these types of conditions, perhaps consider changing or postponing your travel plans,” said Cpl. Saunderson. “If you find that you need to travel the highways, the RCMP North District Traffic Services wish to remind motorists to drive according to the conditions of the road.”

Police are advising motorists to make sure their vehicle is prepared and equipped, with proper winter tires, an emergency kit, blankets, snacks, and water in the event they become stranded. Ensuring that vehicle fluids are topped up is also highly recommended.

Travellers can find up to the minute road conditions at DriveBC.ca.

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