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Environment Canada issues winter storm watch for Central Coast – Coast Mountain News

Environment Canada issues winter storm watch for Central Coast – Coast Mountain News

More snow is set to hit the area this week. The blanket of snow already falling in December set the perfect scene for the holidays. This image captured by Hagensborg resident Marisa Blewett of her family’s home seems to invite everyone to cozy up by the fire with a cup of cocoa. (Marisa Blewett photo)

More snow is set to hit the area this week. The perfect backdrop for the holidays is the snowy blanket that has fallen in December. This image captured by Hagensborg resident Marisa Blewett of her family’s home seems to invite everyone to cozy up by the fire with a cup of cocoa. (Marisa Blewett photo)

Environment Canada issues winter storm watch for Central Coast

Bella Coola could see up to 20-30 cm of snowfall Dec. 17-18

A winter storm watch is in effect for the Central Coast of British Columbia.

Environment Canada issued the alert on Dec. 16 just before 5 a.m. and it warns of wind chill hazards near – 20 C for the inland coast and a possible snowfall of 20 to 30 cm.

“A strong Pacific frontal system combined with the cold airmass over northern and central B.C. Heavy snow will fall on Friday night. Snow heavy at times will persist Friday night and taper off during the day on Saturday,” stated Environment Canada in the alert.

As the weather system becomes more severe, a storm alert may be issued.

Environment Canada warns travelers that dangerous travel conditions can be expected. They ask that everyone bring an emergency kit and inform people about your travel plans.

Check forecasts and alerts on Environment Canada’s website or mobile app and report severe weather to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet using #BCStorm.

This will make the Bella Coola Valley even more snowy.

The storm watch is in place for Terrace, Kitimat and Bella Coola, Bulkley Vale, Lakes District, Highway 16 east from Prince Rupert to Burns Lake.

A special weather statement was also issued for the regions Cariboo north (including Quesnel) and Cariboo south (including Williams Lake) by Environment Canada in the morning of Thursday, Dec. 16.

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