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UPDATE: Air quality advisory over for Prince George

Environment Canada calling for less than 5 cm of snow
Snow downtown Prince George - Dec. 2, 2019
Snow falling in downtown Prince George from cloudy skies (via Kyle Balzer)

2:30 p.m.

Environment Canada has lifted its air quality advisory for Prince George this afternoon (Dec. 2).

The statement lasted for almost 30 hours as meteorologists calculated a high concentration of fine particulate matter.

The snow is expected to continue later tonight with a 60 per cent chance of flurries.

Commuters are being encouraged to slow down and drive to the conditions.

9:30 a.m.

We are now entering day two of an air quality advisory issued by Environment Canada for Prince George and its surrounding areas.

The agency put up the special statement yesterday morning (Dec. 1), calling for high concentrations of dust particles floating around the city.

As of Sunday, Prince George's air quality readings stand 14 notches above normal at 39 micrograms-per-cubic-metre; the median for air quality in B.C. is measure at 25.

This morning, residents are noticing the first significant snowfall of the winter season after mild November conditions and Environment Canada is forecasting up to four centimetres of fresh flakes today.

Winds are gusting at 20 km/h and could reach 40 this afternoon with temperatures feeling like -12 C.

Northern Health is advising children, seniors, those with lung or heart disease and/or chronic conditions to avoid outdoor strenuous exercise until the special statement is lifted.

If you are experiencing any discomfort as a result of the air quality, you're asked to consult with your healthcare provider.

The City of Prince George's Clean Air Bylaw is also in effect, which means no open burning.


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About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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