November 10, 2015 - 7:18 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If you are planning to hit the highways over the next couple of days make sure you are prepared to deal with winter conditions, including gusty winds and heavy snow.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Coquihalla Highway and Highway 3 warning up to 20 centimetres of snow could fall by Wednesday.
The area between Hope and Merritt will be hardest hit on the Coquihalla Highway while Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass is expected to receive the most snow on Highway 3.
The weather office notes the snowfall tonight, Nov. 10, and early Wednesday will be accompanied by strong gusty winds as a sharp cold front moves across the region. This could result in blowing snow and sudden reduced visibility as well.
There is currently about six centimetres of snow on the ground at the Coquihalla Summit while Allison Pass sits at 6.7 cm, with another five to 10 cm expected overnight and 18.4 cm at the Pennask Summit on the Okanagan Connector, where a few centimetres of snow and gusty winds are expected overnight. About five centimetres of snow is expected to fall on the Coquihalla Highway passes north of Merritt.
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