More snow is expected on highway passages in and around Okanagan

More snow is expected on most Southern Interior highway maps for the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend, with Coquihalla being hit by as much as 20 inches of snow.

Environment Canada issued a special weather report and snowfall warnings for numerous mountain passes across BC’s interior on Sunday.

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

Environment Canada said that when snow levels continue to fall, precipitation from the system will be snow above the highest altitudes.

A snowfall warning was issued Sunday for the Coquihalla Highway, between Merritt to Kamloops, above the 1,000-meter elevation.

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A snow band has formed over Coquihalla, which along with falling freezing point will continue to produce heavy snow and reduced visibility, the weather bureau said, adding that the intensity of the snow may fluctuate due to the convective nature of the snow.

The heavy snow was expected to subside Sunday night.


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Special weather information was also released for both Highway 97C, Okanagan Connector from Merritt to Kelowna and Highway 5, Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, which expects another two to 10 inches of snow on Sunday.

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

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

Motorists are encouraged to check the DriveBC website for the most up-to-date weather and driving conditions.


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