Special weather alert warns of up to 25 cm of snow on Coquihalla Highway today

Dec 12 2018, 4:48 am

While a wind and rain warning was issued for Metro Vancouver on Tuesday, all this wet stuff in the city translates to white stuff in the mountains, and this is especially true for the Coquihalla Highway.

In a statement, Environment Canada warned that heavily-travelled route between Hope and Merritt and one of the main highway connections between the Lower Mainland and the BC Interior could see up to 25 cm of snowfall today.

The forecasted heavy snow is a result of what Environment Canada calls an “intense” Pacific frontal system,” which will spread snow all over the route.

The snow is expected to continue into Tuesday evening, before the storm tapers off and the frontal system departs the region.

With winter weather conditions now fully in effect, the agency – along with Drive BC – is reminding all travellers to adjust their driving to the changing road conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for taillights ahead and be prepared to stop.

Motorists are also reminded that weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

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