More snow expected on highway passes in and around the Okanagan

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More snow is expected over most of the Southern Interior Highway Pass for the remainder of the Thanksgiving long weekend, when Coquihalla can hit up to 20 centimeters of snow.

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Environment Canada On Sunday issued a special weather description and snowfall warning for several mountain passes in the interior of BC.

According to the National Weather Agency, the snow is the result of a frontal system moving across the region.


Environment Canada said that as snow levels continue to drop, precipitation from the system will be snow at the highest elevations.

A snowfall warning was issued on Sunday on the Coquihalla Highway above an altitude of 1,000 meters between Merritt and Kamloops.

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An ice belt has formed over Coquihalla, which will continue to produce heavy snow and reduced visibility as the freezing level declines, the weather agency said, adding that snow intensity fluctuates due to the convective nature of the snow. It is possible.

Heavy snowfall is expected to subside by Sunday evening.

Special weather details were also issued for both Highway 97C, the Okanagan Connector from Merritt to Kelowna, and Highway 5, the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, which are expecting an additional two to 10 centimeters of snow on Sunday.

The forecast also called for two to 10 centimeters of snow on Highway 3, Kootenay Pass from Paulson Summit and the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

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On October 1, BC. Snow tires became mandatory for travel on most highways in the U.S.

Environment Canada said the weather in the mountains can change abruptly and result in dangerous driving conditions.

Motorists are encouraged to check DriveBC Website for the latest weather and driving conditions.

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