A winter storm warning has been issued for Highway 16 between Smithers and Terrace.

Winter storm warning for Smithers to Terrace

Snow and freezing rain are forecast in the Northwest tonight.

Hazardous winter conditions could reach the Bulkley Valley after a storm crosses B.C.’s north coast tonight.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Highway 16 between Smithers and Terrace.

An intense storm heading towards the Gulf of Alaska is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to the north coast and as far inland as Smithers and Terrace.

Environment Canada says precipitation is expected to intensify this afternoon as the system advances, although flurries should change to rain at Kitimat with milder temperatures.

Milder air is expected to spread across to other areas this evening, but 15-25 centimetres of snow is expected in the Stewart area.

In the Kitimat area, 20-30 millimetres of rain is forecast this evening, while up to 5 millimetres of freezing rain is expected near Terrace.

All precipitation should ease to showers by Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada warns surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous.

It said ice build-up could also cause tree branches to break, and weather in the mountains could change and become hazardous suddenly.

For information on emergency plans and kits visitgetprepared.gc.ca. Information about how to drive to winter conditions is available at shiftintowinter.ca. Road conditions can also be found at drivebc.ca.

For updates from Environment Canada visit weather.gc.ca/warnings