Weather Canada issued a Winter storm warning around 1:30 PM Monday for Highway 16 – Smithers to Terrace:

“Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

“An intense storm moving toward the Gulf of Alaska is bringing freezing rain to the Terrace area and snow to most other places.
Precipitation is expected to intensify this afternoon as the system advances although flurries should change to rain at Kitimat with milder temperatures. The milder air will spread across other areas this evening but 15 to 25 cm of snow is expected in the Stewart area. In the Kitimat area, 20 to 30 mm of rain is likely through this evening while up to 5 mm of freezing precipitation are likely near Terrace. All precipitation will ease to showers by Tuesday morning.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

“Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

“Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.

“Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.”

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