Heavy Rainfall Warning for Kitimat, Snowfall Warnings for Stewart, Bulkley Valley, Lakes

John Crawford
12/28/2018

Much of north and central British Columbia remains in the path of a winter storm -- and motorists are warned to adjust their driving accordingly.

Environment Canada has posted snowfall or winter-storm warnings for areas from Stewart all the way to the Alberta border.

Meteorologist Bobby Sekhon says a low pressure system that's moving through BC is expected to drop heavy amounts of precipitation before it moves out of the region tomorrow.

"There's going to be a mixed bag in terms of precipitation but nonetheless quite a juicy system coming through:  Stewart and the Bulkley Valley area can see up to 25 centimetres, or even 30 centimetres of snow by tomorrow morning;  it's going to be more in the way of rain and wet snow at times through the Kitimat region, where there's going to be 10 to 15 millimetres of rain tonight and then another 40 -- the storm total we're looking at up to 70 millimetres of rain through the Kitimat area," he said.

The rain could cause localized flooding in the Kitimat area and also result in hydroplaning on the highways. 

The heavy snow in the Stewart and Bulkley Valley regions could make roads treacherous and reduce visibility. 

Sekhon recommends carrying an emergency kit when travelling, and to be sure you have good winter tires on your vehicle.  

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[PHOTO:  Bobby Sekhon, Decision Support Meteorologist, Environment & Climate Change Canada]

Full details below from Environment Canada:    https://www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc&fbclid=IwAR2biOc9Eru1m0qZ2Si5N_7SdglRPNhIzouOcUKUzsRY04lMu487ncA3DPI
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10:40 AM PST Friday 28 December 2018
Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • North Coast - inland including Kitimat

Rain, at times heavy, is expected.

Rain will continue today and intensify tonight as an approaching low pressure system moves onto the Central Coast. Rainfall amounts of 50 to 70 mm can be expected by Saturday morning before the rain eases.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

 

10:41 AM PST Friday 28 December 2018
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • North Coast - inland including Stewart

A long period of snowfall with total amounts of 20 to 25 cm is expected.

Snow will continue today and intensify tonight as an approaching low pressure system moves onto the coast. Snowfall amounts of up to 25 cm can be expected by Saturday morning before the snow tapers to flurries.

 

4:22 AM PST Friday 28 December 2018
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Bulkley Valley and The Lakes - northwest including Smithers
  • Bulkley Valley and The Lakes - southeast including Burns Lake

Heavy snow expected tonight with 10 to 20 cm possible.

A storm system approaching the north coast will spread snow to the Bulkley Valley and the Lakes region today. Heavy snow is forecast tonight as the system crosses the BC Interior. Snow should end Saturday morning but some scattered flurries are possible that afternoon.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Take frequent breaks and avoid strain when clearing snow.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.


 

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