Winter storm warning issued for Fraser Valley highways

Dec 20 2020, 11:24 am

Environment Canada has issued winter storm warnings for several highways in Fraser Valley ahead of heavy snow expected on Monday.

Hazardous winter conditions are expected on a stretch of the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and on Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass.

A deepening Pacific low will bring “abundant moisture” to the region, which will combine with cold air to produce heavy snowfall across the southern interior, Environment Canada said.

Snow will begin early Monday morning and will “intensify rapidly,” before tapering off late Monday night. Some areas will see 25 centimetres of snow, while others can expect 35 centimetres.

“Weather in the mountains can change suddenly, resulting in hazardous driving conditions,” Environment Canada said. “Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.”

“Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight.”