Today seemed more like the beginning of March than the end of January. The rain was coming down, causing snow to melt and giant puddles to form.
Instead of snowplows making their way down streets, city crews were clearing catch basins in an effort to keep the roads clear.
The rise in temperature, along with rainfall means large puddles and slick roads to the city of Prince George.
UNBC meteorologist Peter Jackson says the reason for this shift is simple.
“El Nino is related to the temperatures in the ocean waters in the eastern pacific. And they’re warmer than normal. But even though things are happening down there in the oceans and the eastern pacific off the coast of Ecuador etc, it impacts the weather globally.”
Jackson says temperatures are way above average for this time of year, and the trend will continue into the next week.
“This time of year we expect daytime highs around minus 4 and daytime lows around minus 11. And the past week or so it’s been well above those values.”
The shift in temperatures is affecting mountain ranges in the region as well.
Today Avalanche Canada issued a warning, lasting through Monday, for the Central Interior region including the Cariboo, North and South Columbia’s, and the Northern Rockies.
Avalanche Canada’s advice to those heading out into the back country this weekend is to stick to smaller terrain and avoid open areas below the tree line.
For those staying closer to home this weekend, be sure to have your gum boots ready.