"Hazardous winter conditions" expected to batter Southern BC

Dec 19 2019, 9:38 am

Environment Canada has issued a number of winter storm and snowfall warnings for much of southern British Columbia and major interior highways.

Starting from Thursday to late Friday afternoon, the weather agency says that “hazardous winter conditions” are expected, with up to 60 cm of snowfall.

As of Thursday morning, the following weather alerts have been issued:

Snowfall warning(s): 

  • Arrow Lakes – Slocan lake
  • Boundary
  • Elk Valley
  • Kinbasket
  • Kootenay Lake
  • Kinbasket
  • Kootenay Lake
  • Okanagan Connector – Merritt to Kelowna
  • North Columbia
  • Okanagan Valley
    • Okanagan Connector – Merritt to Kelowna
  • Shuswap
  • Similkameen
  • West Columbia
  • West Kootenay
    • Yoho Park – Kootenay Park

Winter storm warning(s): 

  • Highway 3 – Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass
  • Trans-Canada Highway – Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass
  • Fraser Canyon
    • Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt
    • Highway 3 – Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass
  • Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt
  • Highway 3 – Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass

Rainfall warning(s): 

  • Fraser Valley

According to Environment Canada, the poor conditions are the result of an approaching frontal system that’s expected to stall across the southern interior.

Snowfall is expected to start on Thursday afternoon and carry through until late Friday afternoon. Affected highways are expected to receive between 30 to 60 cm of snowfall, while areas under snowfall warning are expected to receive between 10 to 15 cm.

The amount of snow is expected to make travel exceptionally difficult, and Environment Canada warns that visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Matt MacDonald, Meteorologist at Environment Canada, tells Daily Hive that conditions are expected to improve by Sunday.