Monday, December 26, 2016

Snowy travels inland as Pacific front makes arrival on North Coast

Boxing Day is providing some challenges for long distance travellers today, with a Pacific Front arriving on the North Coast bringing rain and wind gusts through the day, washing away the accumulations of ice and snow that remained from the last month.

Just past Rainbow Summit however, Winter Driving Conditions are to be expected as Snow continues to fall along the Skeena River into Terrace, Kitimat and towards Smithers.

As the system works its way inland Snowfall amounts of up to 30 cm are expected for the Terrace/Kitimat region. Prince Rupert will see rainfall amounts of near 35mm over the next 24 hours, winds will be from the south at 40 to 60 km/h with gusts up to 80 km/h at times.

More rain is in the forecast for the remainder of the week.

A quick check in with the Ministry of Transportation Highway Cameras along Highways 16 and 37 provide the glimpse of winter that is taking place about 45 minutes east of Prince Rupert.

You can find updated images from the Highway cameras from links on our archive page, while the latest Road Conditions can be found on the Drive BC website or twitter feed.

Conditions at Kwinitsa on Highway 16 over the Noon hour
Conditions at Kasiks on Highway 16 over the Noon hour
Conditions at Terrace at Highways 16 & 37 over noon hour 
Conditions at Kitwanga turn off on Highway 16 over the noon hour
Conditions at New Hazelton over the noon hour
Conditions at Smithers along Highway 16 over the noon hour
Conditions on Highway 37 South heading 
out of Kitimat over the noon hour

More notes on past Northwest weather events can be found on our archive page.

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