Snowfall warning issued for interior highways | infonews

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January 29, 2022 – 08:45

Significant amounts of snow are expected on highways in the interior of British Columbia this weekend.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather alert for the Coquihalla Highway, the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 3. The West Kootenays, Elk Valley, North Columbia and West Columbia are also expected to experience the same amount of snowfall.

The specific region of Coquihalla is between Hope and Merritt, and on Highway 1 the weather report applies to the stretch from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

Between tonight, January 29 and the morning of January 31, 15 to 30 centimeters are expected to fall over these regions due to a frontal system, according to Environment Canada.

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The first amounts of snow are expected tonight in the Columbias and at the summit of Coquihalla. It will intensify in those areas and spread into the Kootenays Sunday morning. Snow will begin in Elk Valley Sunday afternoon and the storm will subside by Monday morning.

Environment Canada reminds drivers how suddenly the weather can change in the mountains, which can lead to dangerous driving. Check Drive BC for the latest road conditions.

The latest weather alerts are available here.

Residents can share their photos or descriptions of extreme weather conditions with Environment Canada by emailing [email protected] or by tweeting with the hashtag #BCStorm.

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