'Hazardous' winter storm expected on Coquihalla Highway tonight

Nov 22 2018, 6:32 pm

Environment Canada is warning all travellers who are planning to use the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt today that a winter storm it describes as “hazardous” is set to hit the route, beginning this evening and lasting into the night.

According to the agency, a frontal system will cross the southern BC Interior, and a moist southwest flow right behind the system will result in heavy snow over the Coquihalla Highway.

A total accumulation of between 20 and 30 centimetres of snow is expected on the route as a result.

“The snow level will be near 1100 metres this evening and lower to 800 metres overnight,” the agency said. “Snow will taper off late Friday as the system moves further to the east.”

Those heading over the mountain pass in either direction this evening are advised that rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations, and to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. All vehicles travelling vehicles should be equipped with chains or snow tires.

They’re also reminding drivers that heavily-falling snow can reduce visibility.

A collection of further winter driving tips are available online.

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