Residents in the southern interior of BC woke up to a fresh, thick layer of snow covering the ground on Saturday, along with updated warnings of winter storms from Environment Canada.
According to the National Weather Agency, mountain passes in the southern interior of BC will continue to experience heavy snowfall thanks to the Pacific Frontal System, which began moving inland Friday night.
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“A strong Pacific frontal system is moving across the region today,” Environment Canada said, noting that heavy snow will bring dangerous winter conditions across local highways.
Snowfall is expected to subside near midnight and motorists are advised to consider postponing unnecessary travel until conditions improve.
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- Between Hope and Princeton there is 20-30 cm in the weather forecast and a small risk of freezing rain. Further east, 25-35 cm is expected between Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass.
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- Environment Canada’s forecast is 15-20 centimeters on Saturday afternoon.
- Between Hope and Merritt is expected 20-40 cm as well as the risk of freezing rain, even though that stretch of highway is blocked for traffic due to flooding.
- Between Merritt and Kamloops, 15-20 cm is expected.
- Between 20-30 cm are projected in the regions of North and West Columbia, with 25-35 cm forecast from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.
- Further, Environment Canada warned that strong westerly winds of 40 km / h gusts to 60 km / h will produce snow blows with almost zero visibility near Yoho National Park.
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Travelers are advised to be careful when traveling on Highway 1 between the Field and the Alberta border, where Environment Canada asks motorists to consider postponing unnecessary travel, adding that road closures are possible.
The snowfall is expected to subside to a few showers on Sunday morning.
Regionally, between 10-15 cm of snow is expected to Okanagan, and Environment Canada says 2-5 cm fell overnight.
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