Environment and Climate Change Canada issued Winter Storm, Rainfall and Wind Warnings for some areas in BC. Visit the Public Weather Alerts map for information specific to your area.
- Southern Interior: Snow and freezing rain were forecast in the Southern Interior from December 25th to 27th. Poor driving conditions were expected on highways and drivers were urged to avoid non-essential travel.
- Highway 97 & the South Peace: Freezing rain was forecast for Highway 97 in the Pine Pass and other areas of the South Peace region and was expected to create potentially hazardous driving conditions starting early Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. Drivers were advised to exercise caution, expect changing conditions and avoid unnecessary travel.
For up-to-date information about road conditions, visit www.DriveBC.ca or follow @DriveBC on Twitter.
In response to this weather event, Warming Centres may be opened for the public at the discretion of local governments and First Nations in affected areas.
Temporary & Extreme Weather Response Shelters
Temporary Winter Shelters and Extreme Weather Response Shelters are funded by BC Housing and operated by their partners for anyone experiencing or at risk of homelessness:
Additional Warming Centres
Communities that opened additional Warming Centres in response to this event include:
- Campbell River
- Cowichan Valley Regional District
- Dawson Creek
- Denman Island
- Hornby Island
- Lake Cowichan
- Maple Ridge
- Ts’il Kaz Koh First Nation
Connect with your local government or First Nation for more information about extreme cold resources and supports available in your community.
Extreme Cold Safety & Preparedness
- PreparedBC – Severe Weather Checklist
- RoadSafetyBC – Preparing Your Vehicle
- HealthlinkBC – Cold Exposure & Risk of Injury
- Environment Canada – Cold Weather Safety Tips
- Health Canada – Health Risks of Extreme Cold
Contact a healthcare provider, or call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1, if you are experiencing mild, cold-related illness. Call 9-1-1 in case of medical emergency.