SNOW is in the forecast for the Coquihalla Highway Thursday night

Jun 6 2019, 8:53 pm

Sure, the calendar might say it’s June, but apparently Old Man Winter didn’t get the memo.

In a special weather statement issued on Thursday, Environment Canada said “late season snow” on two of BC’s major highway passes should be expected overnight and into Friday morning.

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The forecast applies to the Coquihalla Highway (between Hope and Merritt), as well as Highway 3 (Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass).

According to the national weather agency, “a cold upper trough moving through British Columbia will give some late season flurries to the mountain passes and northern British Columbia overnight and Friday morning.”

Flurries are expected above 1,300-1,500m elevation, however, flurries could briefly descend lower during periods of intense flurry activity.

Most southern highway passes are forecast to receive about 2 to 5 cm of wet snow overnight through Friday morning, “with a locally higher amount up to 10 cm possible over the Okanagan Connector,” the statement said.

Precipitation will change back to rain on Friday as the airmass begins to warm, it added.

Motorists and those venturing outdoors are encouraged to be prepared for “winter-like” conditions.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions, and motorists are encouraged to visit Drive BC for the most up-to-date conditions.

It appears that June-uary is in fact, a real thing.