CHETWYND, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for the Pine Pass.
The warning says the area is experiencing strong winds and heavy snow causing blizzard conditions.
The winter storm warning remains in place for the rest of the South Peace. The storm that has moved into the area could bring 20 to 50 cm of snow.
Tumbler Ridge could see the most snow at 50 cm, with Dawson Creek and the rest of the South Peace receiving anywhere from 30 to 40 cm. In the North Peace, Fort St. John could receive 10 to 15 and Hudson’s Hope could receive 20 cm.
Travel through the Pine Pass is not recommended at this time. For current road conditions, visit www.drivebc.ca
See the full weather warning.
Blizzard warning changed from winter storm warning for:
Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)
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 www.drivebc.ca.