Ice Report No. 10
These reports are originally produced by the Alberta Government’s River Forecast Centre, for the latest please visit rivers.alberta.ca.
January 5, 2018
An observation flight has located the Peace River ice front at km 456 on January 5th (60 km downstream of the Highway 2 bridge in the Town of Peace River). The consolidation of the Peace River ice cover which occurred in the early morning of January 4, travelled as far as km 520 before stopping (approximately 25 km downstream of Sunny Valley, and 124 km downstream of the Highway 2 bridge in the Town of Peace River). Water levels at the Sunny Valley water level gauge location (km 491) have remained steady since yesterday afternoon, but remain approximately 0.5 m above the normal freeze-up level for the area. Temperatures along the Peace River are expected to remain above seasonal over weekend, and are forecast to return to normal by mid-week next week. The Peace River ice front is expected to remain stalled near its current position until colder temperatures resume ice production. While the ice cover in the Sunny Valley area is heavily consolidated, aerial observations indicate that the ice cover in place between Sunny Valley and Whitemud Creek (km 457) remains loosely consolidated. As ice production resumes next week, consolidations of this looser cover are possible as the ice front advances upstream.
Alberta Environment and Parks has expanded the River Ice Advisory for freeze-up on the Peace River at the Town of Peace River to extend downstream to the Sunny Valley area. With the ice front pushing downstream due to the consolidations of the existing ice cover, freeze-up is not expected in the Town of Peace River until next week.
Alberta Environment and Parks, and BC Hydro are in contact regarding river ice conditions and operation of the BC Hydro Peace River facilities.
January 4, 2018
- It is estimated that the ice cover consolidation reached its maximum downstream extent at km 520 (25 km downstream of Sunny Valley) at approximately 3:45 MST.
January 5, 2018
- The ice front was located by flight observation at km 456 at 11:00 MST (60 km downstream of the Highway 2 bridge in the Town of Peace River).
- The toe of the consolidation which occurred in the early morning of January 4 was located at km 520 (25 km downstream of Sunny Valley).
- Ice remains heavily consolidated through Sunny Valley; between Sunny Valley and Whitemud Creek, ice becomes less and less consolidated, with many open pockets visible in the ice cover.
The next observation report is expected to be posted on or before January 9th.