- Using the List View to find weather information:
Q. How does the Weather section group information?
A. Weather information is grouped in the following way:
- 4 sections: "City/Airport Forecasts", "B.C. Route Forecasts", "Weather Stations", and "Weather Warnings"
- "City/Airport Forecasts" and "Weather Stations" are grouped by region (Northern Region, Southern Interior Region, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island)
- Within each section (except Weather Warnings), information is listed by route name/number
Q. What is the difference between "City/Airport Forecasts" and "B.C. Route Forecasts"?
A. "City/Airport Forecasts" provide 7-day weather predictions for individual weather stations located within cities and at airports. "B.C. Route Forecasts" provides a listing of cities and their associated current and forecast weather along that particular route. These weather forecasts are provided by Environment Canada and the Weatheroffice.
Q. What are "Weather Stations"?
A. "Weather Stations" provide detailed current conditions from weather stations located on provincial highway routes. The report is updated hourly and includes elevation, wind, and precipitation information. These reports are provided by the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Q. How can I find urgent storm weather notifications?
A. "Weather Warnings" links to any weather alerts issued by Environment Canada. If there are no warnings, the page will display "There are no weather warnings in effect".
Q. How do I go back to a previous screen or list?
A. Use the "back" button in your browser (or on your device) to return to a previous screen.
- Using the Map View to find weather information:
Q. I'd prefer to view the weather from a map. Is there a way to do that?
A. Yes. On the Road Conditions and Events page, scroll down to and select "Map View". Ensure the "Weather Forecast" feature is selected and click "Go to Map". The "City/Airport Forecasts" from Environment Canada will be displayed in the appropriate location on the map. If a Weather Warning has been issued, the weather icon for that location will appear solid red.
Q. When I go to the Map View for weather forecast, I can see five types of icons: a sun/cloud, a red cloud, a snow-topped mountain, a thermometer and a magnifying glass with a number. What do these mean?
- represent "City/Airport Forecast" locations. Click on the icon to see a bubble with the 7 day forecast.
- represent "City/Airport Forecast" locations that have a Weather Warning issued by Environment Canada. Click on the icon to see a bubble with the 7 day forecast and the weather warning information.
- represent weather and precipitation predictions for "Today" and "Tonight" for highway routes (example: Okanagan Connector - Merritt to Kelowna).
- represents Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure weather station information. Click on the icon to see the current weather reported at the weather station.
- (with numbers) represents a cluster of weather locations. Click on the magnifying glass to zoom into the map and reveal individual sun/cloud icons
- Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Can I find weather information anywhere else on Mobile DriveBC?
A. Yes. Some Webcam pages include the "B.C Route Forecast information" from Environment Canada and the Weatheroffice.
Q. How do I get a route weather forecast for a cam?
A. When you have selected a full-size image, scroll down the page and select the "Weather Forecast" button. The route weather forecast provides a listing of cities and their associated current and forecast weather along that particular route.
Q. Some cams do not have a weather forecast. Why not?
Currently, "B.C. Route Forecasts" are provided for select B.C. routes only. A more complete listing for all cams and routes is being developed.
Q. What are high-pass forecasts, and why do they only appear at certain times of the year?
A. High-pass forecasts show conditions in select mountain passes around the province. Environment Canada combines these with the "B.C. Route Forecasts" during the winter, but discontinues them in summer when weather conditions improve.