Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northern B.C. provincial park

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A blast of unseasonable, snowy weather on the weekend forced the closure of one provincial park in northern British Columbia and prompted a recommendation to stay away from two others, but conditions are expected to ease soon.

Highway 97 near Fort Nelson, Steamboat Hill (left) and Sikanni Chief, are covered in snow during unusual weather patterns in the middle of August 2019 (via Drive B.C./Kyle Balzer)
A storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park regions on the weekend.

An Environment Canada snowfall warning calling for a further four centimetres is still in effect this morning (Aug. 19).

Liard River Hot Springs Campground is closed until further notice due to heavy wet snow. This has caused numerous trees…

Posted by Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park on Sunday, August 18, 2019

A notice posted on the Facebook page of Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park said the park was closed on Sunday and would remain so until further notice because the heavy, wet snow brought down numerous trees and more could come down.

The park borders the Alaska Highway just south of the Yukon boundary and is home to the largest natural hot springs in Canada.

The message tells travellers that the BC Parks website would be updated as soon as safety around the hot springs was addressed.

It also said similar conditions meant travelling was not advised in the nearby Muncho Lake or Stone Mountain provincial parks.

With temperatures forecast to climb to 18 C by Wednesday (Aug. 21), parks officials responding to campers’ online questions said the snow should melt quickly and normal service should resume as soon as downed trees are cleared.