Freeze Up Expected
February 7, 2017 – 4PM
River expected to freeze up through town overnight
River levels in the Peace River at the Town of Peace River are rising in response to the approaching ice front. It is expected that the front will advance through the Town today and overnight tonight. Cold temperatures have been steadily advancing the ice front at a rate of approximately 6 km/day since Friday. This advance is expected to continue until the weekend. The ice front was last located by ground observation at km 399.6 or 3.6 km downstream of the Highway 2 bridge at 9:30 on February 7.
When freeze-up occurs at the Town, it is typical for the water level to rise between 2.5 to 3.5 m. At 11:00 MST water levels have so far risen by approximately 2.5 m, and are continuing to rise.
Flow releases from BC Hydro’s Peace Canyon Dam will be kept relatively constant while the ice cover advances through the Town as part of normal river ice management operations.
This is a routine advisory and no problems are expected at the Town of Peace River. However, there is potential for ice movements and shoving of the ice cover as it advances upstream, which could result in rapid fluctuations of the water level in the area.