Up to 50 cm of snow forecast for Coquihalla Highway by Wednesday

Dec 18 2018, 6:12 pm

After approximately 17 cm of snow fell on the route last night, Environment Canada is warning all travellers who are planning to use the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt today to properly prepare for winter travel, as a lot more snow is forecast to fall.

According to Environment Canada, a moist Pacific frontal system will finally move inland early this morning. In its wake, a strong southwest flow will send waves of moisture across the Coast Mountains over the next 36 hours.

The snow is expected to ease later this morning but will then “reintensify” near noon, as the next wave approaches. Additional snowfall amounts of 15-20 cm are forecast by late this afternoon.

“Periods of heavy will continue tonight and further amounts are likely to exceed 15 cm bringing total storm accumulations into the 40 to 50 cm range before snow eases off on Wednesday,” the weather agency said.

Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult and travellers are advised to prepare for “quickly changing and deteriorating” travel conditions.

Updated road conditions are available online.

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