November 16, 2013 - 11:59 AM
WINTER TIRES AND CHAINS STILL MANDATORY
KELOWNA – It appears the worst is over. The snow in the mountain passes in the Southern Interior is easing.
On Friday, Environment Canada issued a weather warning about snowfall at the higher elevations.
The weather warning has been moderated to a special weather statement.
Environment Canada is predicting the snow will ease as a low pressure system moves eastward out of our province.
Most of the mountain passes received between 20 and 30 cm of snow over the last twenty-four hours.
The forecasters figure another 5 to 10 cm may fall before the end of the day Saturday.
Because driving conditions are ‘challenging’ through the passes, the special weather statement was issued Saturday morning.
It covers the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Hope, the Okanagan Connector from Kelowna to Merritt, Highway 3 between Princeton and Hope including the Allison Pass, Highway 3 from the Paulson Summit to the Kootenay Pass and the TransCanada Highway from Rogers Pass to Eagle Pass.
Highway 97-C has compact snow with limited visibility in blowing snow. The Coquihalla is experiencing compact snow with slushy sections making it slippery. The TransCanada has compact snow, slushy and slippery sections. Expect fog, compact snow and slushy sections on Highway 3, the Hope-Princeton.
Before you head out on the road, it’s a good idea to check out Drive BC and the latest from Environment Canada.
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