Environment Canada warns of freezing rain on BC Interior highways this weekend

Nov 22 2019, 3:10 pm

If you’re planning on driving to the BC Interior this weekend, you’ll want to be careful on the roads.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement over the risk of freezing rain Friday night and Saturday morning on the Coquihalla Highway and Highway 3.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become icy and slippery,” the weather agency’s statement said.

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Flurries are expected Friday night through Saturday morning as a frontal system tracks across the Southern Interior. Warmer air high up combined with colder surface temperatures means there’s a risk the precipitation could turn into freezing rain.

Affected areas include the following:

  • Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Kamloops
  • Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton
  • Highway 97 between Clinton and 100 Mile House
  • Boundary
  • Okanagan Connector between Merritt and Kelowna

By Saturday afternoon, it’s expected to warm up enough for the precipitation to turn to regular rain.