Travellers planning to use the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt over the next 24 hours are being advised to prepare for heavy snowfall, beginning on Wednesday night and continuing into Thursday morning.
According to Environment Canada, a Pacific weather system will bring snow along sections of the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt.
“Snow will increase in intensity overnight and continue into Thursday morning as the system passes through the region,” the agency said. The “heavy” snow will “ease in intensity” throughout Thursday, but periods of significant snow are still expected.
Snow levels will also remain near valley bottom – except near Hope where rain is expected.
In total, Environment Canada said snowfall amounts of up to 25 cm are possible over the route between Wednesday night and Thursday.
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With the winter weather in the forecast, drivers are being advised to properly prepare for their trip, as “rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations,” and weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
Up-to-date road conditions are available at DriveBC.ca.