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Parts of B.C. see 'a month's worth of snow' this week

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Winter storm warnings stretch across Interior British Columbia with the threat for up to 45 cm of snow through Thursday. Some places could see a "month's worth of snow" between Tuesday and Thursday.

Weather Highlights

  • Heavy snow pushes across B.C.'s central interior into Thursday.  
  • Significant impact on travel across Highway 97 from Prince George to Williams Lake where 20-45 cm are possible. 
  • Highly impactful snowfall event for central and southeastern portions of B.C. as well as most mountain passes. 

"Another moisture laden low will push in from the Pacific bringing heavy snow across central and interior portions of British Columbia over the next several days," says Weather Network meteorologist Brad Rousseau. 

Timing

Central portions of the province, Williams Lake through to Prince George, will see moderate to heavy snow develop  through Wednesday before tapering off Thursday morning. 

Thursday night, some snow is likely through the Okanagan Valley where a few centimetres are possible," Rousseau says. 

Most mountain passes will also see significant snow. 

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS

Total snowfall amounts of 30-50 cm are forecast by Wednesday evening before the system gradually moves southwards Wednesday night. 

"The area of most concern is across Highway 97 from Prince George to Williams Lake where 20-45 cm are possible," Rousseau says. "This will have significant impacts on travel through the region." 

These high impact areas will see more snow in the next 48 hours than they have throughout the entire month of January. Williams Lake for example, saw a total of 31.6 cm of snow in the month of January and now has 30-45 forecast through Thursday. The average snowfall amount for the region for the entire month of February is 21.1 cm.

Environment Canada warns that road closures are possible. 

"Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult," says EC. "Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. 



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