Coquihalla and Okanagan Connector hit with snow
Workers with VSA Highway Maintenance are working to clear Highway 97C with current conditions of -4 Celsius and snow.
Image Credit: TWITTER/VSA Highway Maintenance
May 24, 2017 - 9:19 AM
There are still winter driving conditions on the Southern Interior mountain pass highways today as freezing levels drop thanks to a cold front making its way through the region.
A special weather statement has been issued by Environment Canada covers several mountain pass highways including the Okanagan Connector from Merritt to Kelowna, Highway 3 from the Kootenay Pass to Paulson summit, and the Trans Canada from Rogers Pass to Eagle pass should expect freezing temperatures this morning, May 24.
The statement says freezing levels have dropped significantly in the wake of the cold front and the passes could get a few more centimetres of snow today. Reduced visibility and slippery conditions are possible.
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The cold front produced a wild night weather-wise at lower elevations throughout the Interior.
Strong winds blew through the Okanagan and Shuswap damaging docks and knocking over trees.
As well, there are widespread power outages.
Near Lumby east of Vernon, the strong winds fanned the flames of a wildfire near the community.
Rising levels on Okanagan Lake prompted evacuation orders from the Okanagan Indian Band.
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