Thursday, February 5, 2015

Highway conditions vary from region to region as Pacific Front comes ashore

So far for travellers across Northern British Columbia, the Pacific Front that is making its presence known across the region is providing for a variety of challenges in some areas of the region.

While the Kasik's traffic camera is for now highlighting mainly a rain event, further east snow is having a larger impact on driving conditions.

Kasiks Highway cam at 9:45 AM

Kitimat at the moment appears to bearing the brunt of the winter storm in the Northwest, with heavy snow and winds making for tough driving conditions.

Onion Lake Highway Cam 10:00 AM

Terrace as well has snow, though as of 10 AM at least, not quite as severe as that to the south, though accumulations of snow are beginning to be seen.

Terrace at Highway 16 & 37 at 10 AM

The real trouble however at this time seems even further east, where Highway 16 was closed at Fraser lake owing to a vehicle incident, with the RCMP in that area responding to a collision between a semi and struck 2 kilometres east of Fraser Lake.

With No Detour available, the highway has been closed at that point. As a result of the deteriorating weather in that area of the province, the RCMP has recommended that people not travel unless absolutely necessary.

Areas from the North Coast Inland to Prince George are under Winter Storm Warnings today, with heavy snow expected from Smithers to Terrace through the day.

You can keep up to date on Road Conditions across the Northwest from the Drive BC website or Twitter Feed.

For a look back at some of the past weather events for the Northwest see our archive page here.

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