Monday, January 20, 2020
Winter Weather Warning in place for Northwest inland areas
While Prince Rupert has returned to its more familiar weather conditions in the form of rain, less than ninety kilometres inland, the Terrace and Kitimat area is battening down the hatches once again, as a WINTER STORM WATCH goes into effect
Environment Canada issued the alert at 5 AM today, advising that hazardous winter conditions are anticipated for the North Coast Inland Region.
As part of the warning, it was noted that a Pacific frontal system will remain stationary over the north coast this morning. Consequently, heavy snow will continue this morning.
Total snowfall accumulations of up to 50 cm are expected. In addition, there is a risk of freezing rain as warmer air moves in aloft. The snow mixed with freezing rain will finally end near noon as the front moves to the east.
With that the focus for the day, it was further advised that residents should consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
Already, some Terrace organizations have gone into Snow Alert, with Coast Mountain College having Closed both its Terrace and Hazelton campus locations owing to the snow.
Updates from both Kitimat and Terrace can be found below:
Today's anticipated snowfall is just the latest of winter storms to wallop the Terrace/Kitimat region, the two communities were under a blizzard warning for some of the weekend just passed and last week both received significant amounts of snow.
The pattern for the inland region seems to be one that will remain familiar for much of the week ahead.
Updates to the inland forecast can be found here.
Travellers along the Highway 16 corridor and 37 south to Kitimat are facing some challenging conditions as the storm continues to bring more snow to the region.
The string of Highway cameras around the region tell the Snow story as of 8:45 this morning.
You can find the latest updates on Travel conditions across the region from the Drive BC website or twitter feed.
You can also check the Ministry of Transportation Highway Cameras along the way.
For a look at some of the past weather events in the Northwest see our archive page here.
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