It may be raining in Vancouver today, but higher up in the mountains, snow is in forecast, and motorists are being advised to properly prepare for winter conditions this week, as a result.
On Monday morning, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the Coquihalla Highway (Hope to Merritt), and Highway 3 (Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass).
“Periods of snow will develop over many high elevation highway passes starting this evening as a cold front sweeps down from the north,” the agency said. “Snow flurries will continue through Tuesday afternoon.”
Snow is also forecast to fall on other BC Interior mountain passes, including Rogers Pass and the Okanagan Connector.
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Environment Canada said snowfall accumulations at this time are forecast to be from 5 to 10 cm through Tuesday.
“However, local accumulations greater than 10 cm are possible,” the agency said. “Uncertainty remains about how much moisture will be available once road surfaces get sufficiently cold to allow snow to accumulate.”
With winter-like conditions on the way, the agency is also reminding drivers that weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
Motorists planning to make trips over these passes are encouraged to check out DriveBC for the latest conditions.