Environment Canada issues snowfall declaration for mountain passes in BC’s southern interior

If you’re planning to travel to or from BC’s Southern Interiors this Thanksgiving weekend, be prepared for snow.

On Friday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement calling for snow on most southern highway passages.

A graphic showing projected snowfall areas along mountain passes in the southern interior of BC.

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“Precipitation from the system starts as rain on Saturday afternoon, and as snowfall falls, it shifts to snow on Saturday night or Sunday morning,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. 12:39

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“The snow is expected to continue until Sunday evening. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 15 cm can be expected, with the highest amounts over higher altitudes. ”

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The motorway passes include:

  • Coquihalla, from Hope to Kamloops
  • Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass
  • Okanagan Connector, from Merritt to Kelowna
  • Trans-Canada Highway, from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass

Global News meteorologist Kristi Gordon said ‘that the precipitation will start as rain and then turn to snow near the summits between 1,400 and 1,800 meters already Saturday night. Some areas may not see the transition to snow until Sunday morning. ”

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Coquihalla has an elevation of 1,230 meters, while the Okanagan Connector peaks at 1,717 meters.

On Highway 3, the Paulson Summit is 1,446 meters, while the Kootenay Pass is 1,781 meters.

On the Trans-Canada Highway, Eagle Pass is 550 meters, while Rogers Pass is 1,330 meters.


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On October 1, the provincial rules came into force that snow tires or winter chains are mandatory on most routes in BC until March 31, although some routes are extended to April 30.

“The start of the snow season can be dangerous because many motorists are not aware that snow is possible and have not yet switched to snow tires,” Gordon said.

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“Travelers should be warned that it is mandatory to have snow tires if you are driving on one of the mountain roads from October 1.”

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