(Pictured above: Ice floats past the mouth of the Heart River, which is frozen in the Town of Peace River on January 25, 2017)
River Ice Observation Report No. 9
January 24, 2017
A RADARSAT-2 satellite image located the Peace River ice front at km 417 (21 km downstream of the Town of Peace River) at 7:58 MST on January 25. Responding to the warm temperatures of last week, the ice front retreated at least 25 km between January 15 and January 21. The ice front began to advance again on January 22 as colder temperatures increased ice production. The ice front advance was slow from January 22 to January 24, but has accelerated overnight January 24. The ice front is now again in sight of the DMI bridge.
Temperatures this week are again forecast to rise above freezing. Ice from upstream is expected to continue to advance the ice front slowly until January 27. Dependent upon the rate of ice advance, the ice front may be visible from the Town of Peace River, but the ice cover is not expected to advance through Town. Above zero temperatures are forecast to stall the ice front over the weekend, and consolidations of the ice cover are possible. The ice front may retreat again next week as the warm temperatures continue.
The ice front on the Peace River is now approximately two and a half 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.
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