River Ice Observation Report No. 8

(Pictured above: The Peace River flows freely at the Town of Peace River on January 19)

River Ice Observation Report No. 8

January 18, 2017

A ground observation has located the Peace River ice front at km 415.6 (19.6 km downstream of the Town of Peace River) at 15:15 MST on January 18. The ice front advance ground to a halt over the weekend due to the much above seasonal temperatures. Ground observations indicate that the ice may have advanced as far as km 411.5 (15.5 km downstream of Peace River), before consolidating. By Sunday, the ice front had stabilized near the DMI bridge. Ground observations indicate that the ice front has been slowly receding as it melts in the above freezing temperatures. The ice front is expected to continue to recede until this weekend. Daily highs are forecast to drop again below freezing on January 21, but will remain slightly above seasonal. Ice production is expected to resume slowly through the weekend and into next week. Water levels in the Town of Peace River rose slightly over the weekend in response to the advancing ice front, but have been falling since the evening of January 15. The ice front on the Peace River is now approximately two weeks behind its average location for this time of year. Alberta Environment and Parks, and BC Hydro are in contact regarding river ice conditions and operation of the BC Hydro Peace River facilities.

Observation Details

  • January 15, 2016
    o A ground observation located the ice front at km 413.5 at 15:43 MST (17.5 km downstream of the Town of Peace River).
  • January 16, 2017
    o A ground observation located the ice front at km 414 at 15:30 (18 km downstream of the Town of Peace River).
  • January 18, 2017
    o A ground observation located the ice front at km 415.6 at 15:15 (19.6 km downstream of the Town of Peace River).

The next observation report is expected to be posted on or before January 24th

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