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Snow and high winds expected to continue into Friday evening across the Peace Region

A stock photo of blowing snow in the B.C. Peace.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Snowfall will continue into the overnight hours across the Peace Region.

According to YRB’s Greg McNeil, the snowfall with persistent blowing snow has caused large amounts of drifting in the area. Six to ten centimetres of snow and winds of 30 km/m with gusts to 50 km/h are expected between now and Friday night.

In the South Peace, Caribou Road Services says the storm has now extended throughout the whole South Peace area. The highways have limited visibility from blowing snow so please use caution in your travels this evening and into tomorrow. CRS crews and hired equipment are going to continue working hard to clear the snow.

While DriveBC is reporting reduced visibility from blowing snow and slippery sections along the Alaska Highway from the Alberta border throughout the Peace Region.

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People are asked to drive with caution, as the blowing snow is causing limited visibility and to leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.

The winter storm warning remains in place.  Below is a full copy of the winter storm warning issued by Environment Canada

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Issued at 2018-03-02 00:27 UTC by Environment Canada:
Winter storm warning continued for:
B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)

Current details:
Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

An Arctic front has moved into the BC Peace River giving strong northerly winds of 40 km/h gusting to 60. Meanwhile, moisture from a Pacific frontal system will overrun the Arctic air producing heavy snow. 5 to 10 cm snow received so far over BC Peace River region today. The snow will continue tonight, with total accumulations up to 25 cm by early Friday morning. Visibilities will be reduced in blowing snow due to the strong winds.

Over Highway 97, heavy snow and blowing snow with low visibilities are expected to continue east of Pine Pass tonight through Friday morning.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

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Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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