Thursday, October 25, 2012

Snowfall makes for treacherous road conditions for parts of Northern BC

A taste of winter like conditions arrived in Northern British Columbia Thursday, with snowfall making travel hazardous along much of the Highway 16 corridor from Houston on into the Interior.

A portion of Highway 16 (from Houston to Burns Lake) was closed for part of Thursday as authorities dealt with a motor vehicle incident. The region from Houston east was reporting black ice and snow accumulations through the evening,  a situation which contributed to the poor driving conditions on the evening.

By 10 PM, traffic had been allowed to travel once again, though in only a single lane, alternating fashion.

Further east the early snow made for a rough day of it in the regions largest city, as travellers in and around Prince George had troubles reclaiming their winter driving skills.  Prince George RCMP were called to a number of incidents making note of a number of vehicles not quite ready for winter driving.

Conditions may be in flux for most of the weekend as a weather system moves onshore, with rain anticipated for Prince Rupert  for the next number of days.  Further Eastbound Snow, 10 cm or more on Saturday,  is expected for communities from Terrace on to Prince George.

Prince Rupert Forecast
Terrace Forecast
Smithers Forecast
Prince George Forecast

Updates on travel conditions across Northwestern British Columbia can be obtained from the Drive BC website.

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