Winds in the Cariboo are forecast to peak late this afternoon (Dec. 14), with gusts as high as 80 km/hour and then gradually diminish tonight. (File photo)

Winds in the Cariboo are forecast to peak late this afternoon (Dec. 14), with gusts as high as 80 km/hour and then gradually diminish tonight. (File photo)

Weather alert: strong wind gusts expected in the Cariboo

Winds could reach up to 80 km/hour this afternoon in Quesnel and Williams Lake

Batten down the hatches, Environment Canada is predicting high winds in the area today.

The organization has issued a special weather statement for the Quesnel and Williams Lake areas, with strong gusts of wind expected this afternoon (Dec. 14).

Environment Canada attributes the winds to an approaching Pacific low pressure system that will make landfall along the central coast midday today, and then track across northern B.C. this afternoon and evening.

“As the low moves inland, strong southerly winds will develop over the central interior,” the statement reads.

Winds are forecast to peak late this afternoon, with gusts as high as 80 km/hour and then gradually diminish tonight.

Quesnel and surrounding areas saw some snow overnight Dec. 13, but sun and cloud are predicted today with a high of 6 degrees, and rain overnight Dec. 14 with a low of -3.

Williams Lake will also see highs of 6 degrees Celsius today, with overnight lows of -6 and the possiblity of rain showers or snow flurries Friday night.

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