Up to 20 cm of snow could fall on Coquihalla Highway by Saturday morning

Feb 3 2018, 12:01 am

While heavy rain is still in the forecast for Vancouver, it could be a snow-filled journey for those heading out of town this weekend on the Coquihalla Highway.

On Friday, Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the route to the Interior between Hope and Merritt.

The agency said the snow is the result of a Pacific front moving through the South Coast, with snowfall “intensifying” on Friday and continuing through to Saturday morning.

Total accumulation amounts near the summit are expected to be between 15 and 20 cm by Saturday morning.

The heavy snow is then forecast to taper off to flurries, or possibly even turn into rain by Saturday afternoon.

For those who are travelling the route, Environment Canada is advising to “prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.”

In addition, “visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”

The agency also reminded people that “weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.”

Continuously updated road conditions are available on DriveBC’s website.

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