An SUV hits the ditch west of Hazelton earlier this winter. Roads and sidewalks are slippery and extra caution is needed as a freezing rain warning is in effect. (Contributed photo)

An SUV hits the ditch west of Hazelton earlier this winter. Roads and sidewalks are slippery and extra caution is needed as a freezing rain warning is in effect. (Contributed photo)

UPDATE: Freezing rain warning

Freezing rain warning in effect from Smithers to Terrace and wet flurries expected this afternoon.

UPDATE from Environment Canada:

The freezing rain band has moved through the Smithers area but the warning is continued as it moves further east towards Fort St James. Freezing rain will ease to wet flurries this afternoon.

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Time to really slow down.

There is a freezing rain warning in effect on Highway 16 from Smithers to Terrace.

Environment Canada says warm, moist air from a Pacific frontal system is moving over a shallow surface layer of arctic air today. This has resulted in periods of freezing rain over the region. The freezing rain will change to rain late this afternoon near Kitimat when the temperature rises above the freezing mark. A mixture of freezing rain and rain will continue near Terrace tonight.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break.

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 drivebc.ca.

Winter tires are mandatory at this time of year.