Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the mountain highways linking Metro Vancouver and BC’s Interior, saying snow is on the way.
A weather system is bringing rain to the South Coast Friday, and that precipitation will turn to snow over the highways at high elevation.
#BCHwy97 – It may be May, but challenging winter like conditions are present on the #OkanaganConnector, slushy and slippery sections. Imagery below is from West of Pennask. Drive carefully and please avoid any non essential travel. #Kelowna #Merritt pic.twitter.com/8aKB8RBSLz
— DriveBC (@DriveBC) May 22, 2020
The weather agency is calling for five to 10 cm of snow Friday on Highway 3 on Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass and over the Okanagan Connector.
A bit less snow, between two and four centimetres, is expected over Allison Pass and on the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt.
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“Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions,” the weather statement says.