Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Winter Storm Warning continues for North Coast Inland areas

Winter Storm warnings are in place for both
the North Coast Inland and Bulkley Valley Lakes regions

Note: See bottom of page for any updates to current conditions.

It's been a twenty four hour period of snow clearing, slow going on the roads and flight cancellations for those living in the Terrace/Kitimat/Nass areas of the North Coast Inland.

And things won't be improving in the short term as Environment Canada keeps the area under a Winter Storm advisory, which has also expanded to the Bulkly Valley-Lakes region.

Winter Storm Warning/Snowfall Warning for Terrace/Kitimat
Snowfall Warning for Bulkley Valley and the Lakes

In the morning extension of the Winter Storm Warning, Environment Canada noted that since 4 PM on Monday, 52 centimetres had fallen at the Terrace airport, with an additional 10 centimetres expected through the afternoon today.

Some relief will finally arrive later tonight as milder air from the Pacific system begins to take hold, though with that will come the risk of Freezing rain for the region.

Twin warnings for the North Coast Inland and Bulkley Valley Lakes regions
(click to enlarge)

The large volume of snow has had an impact on the Terrace/Kitimat airport with flight cancellations and delays recorded yesterday and today.

As well, the ongoing snow warnings gave Northwest Community college cause to close their campus in Terrace today, a decision on whether it reopens on Wednesday will be assessed in the overnight period.

Road Conditions heading east have also been challenging over the last 24 hours, requiring patience and more time for those travelling the Highway 16 corridor to make it to their destinations.

Accumulation of snow and reduced visibility starts at around the Kiwnitsa area of the highway and becomes progressively more challenging as you continue eastbound.

Road conditions at Kwinitsa this afternoon

Conditions at the junction of Highway 16 & 37 In Terrace

Highway 16 at the Kitwanga turn off
Things have improved a bit for now at Smithers as of 2:30 today

As the weather conditions change, the Ministry of Transport has been providing updates on their snow clearing plans and what motorists should be aware of.

You can access the latest Highway Camera images from across the Northwest from our link here.

More notes on Driving conditions across the Northwest are available from the Drive BC website.

To keep up to date on the latest weather updates see the Environment Canada website.

For a look back at some of our past weather related items, see our archive page here.

Update: Avalanche alert issued for Highway 16 between Port Edward Turnoff and 35 km West of Terrace. The Highway remains open, but could close in overnight period, next update from Drive BC anticipated at 10 PM.

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