A snowfall warning has been issued for the Peace River – Fairview – High Prairie – Manning region. Environment Canada says a total of 10 to 20 centimetres is expected.

The forecast is calling for a band of heavy snow to move from British Columbia into northern Alberta Thursday. It’s expected to start in Peace River in the afternoon, moving east towards Fort McMurray by the evening.

Environment Canada predicts the snow will end in the western part of Alberta Friday evening, and overnight Friday into Saturday morning for places closer to the Saskatchewan border. Strong wind gusts of 50 to 70 kilometres are also in the forecast for Friday afternoon, leading to poor visibility.

“By the end of this event upwards of 20 centimetres of snow will be possible for some communities,” Environment Canada adds. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.”

The forecast for Grande Prairie is calling for two centimetres of snow with wind gusting up to 40 kilometres an hour Thursday.