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Snowfall and winter storm warnings have been issued for mountain passes in the southern interior of BC.

According to Environment Canada, heavy snowfall has been forecast for Highway 3 and Coquihalla Highway from Saturday to Sunday morning.

For Highway 3, 15 to 20 cm has been projected between Hope to Princeton, while 30-40 cm is expected to fall between Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass.

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For Coquihalla, 25-35 cm is in the forecast between Hope and Merritt, even though that part of the popular highway is closed as crews repair several sections that were damaged from floods last month.

The National Weather Agency also noted that southwesterly winds of 50 km / h with gusts up to 70 could also create snow drifts.

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“A Pacific frontal system provides snow to the interior of BC,” Environment Canada said. “Occasionally heavy snow will continue until Sunday afternoon with total accumulations of 30 to 40 (cm) expected.

“In addition, visibility is almost zero possible in snow drifts due to strong winds today and tonight.”

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Kelowna Weather Forecast: 10 December

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Heavy snowfall is also expected in Kootenays.

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In the Arrow Lakes and Slocan Lake region, 15-20 cm is expected as the cold front arrives and stalls over the region, resulting in narrow bands of heavy snow.

“Any community below these bands will experience heavy snow, while light accumulation of snow or even light rain will occur a few miles down the road,” Environment Canada said.

In the Elk Valley region, Fernie and Morrisey are expected to receive 30-40 cm, while 15-25 cm is expected for Sparwood.

“Consider postponing unnecessary travel until conditions improve. Rapidly accumulating snow can make it difficult to travel in some places. Visibility can suddenly be reduced at times in heavy snow.”

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BC evening weather forecast: 10. dec

Snowsquall warnings are also in effect for the North Columbia, North Thompson, South Thompson and Kinbasket regions.

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“A cold front across BC’s interior will bring strong winds and brief eruptions of heavy snow that will create dangerous conditions with a sudden reduction in visibility,” Environment Canada said.

“Those in the area are advised to be sky-conscious and prepare for the possibility of these dangerous conditions if they travel or recreation outdoors.

Environment Canada says snowstorms are issued when conditions are favorable for short but intense eruptions of heavy snow that produce near-zero visibility.

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