September 8, 2014 9:05 am
Updated: September 8, 2014 11:24 am

B.C.’s Peace River region sees first snow of the year

Snow in Fort Nelson

Jackie Miller‎, submitted

It may officially still be summer, but some parts of B.C. are seeing this season’s first snow.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. Peace River region Sunday night.

“A chilly flow of air from the north has taken over the northern half of British Columbia since Sunday,” says Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga. “Up to 10 centimeters of wet snow fell in the Peace River region over the past 24 hours.”

Madryga says the snowfall warning is over, but flurries will persist this morning.

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Snow this early in September in the Peace River region is quite rare, but not unheard of. Seventeen centimeters fell on this date in Fort St. John in 2004.

Meanwhile, the Elk Valley region of southeast B.C. will likely receive five centimeters of snow tonight.

Environment Canada says visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

On Monday, Calgary, Alberta could also see its first snowfall of the season. Rain is expected to turn to snow this afternoon. A mix of rain and snow is falling this morning in Edmonton.

PHOTO GALLERY: First snow hits B.C.’s Peace River region


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