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More snow coming for mountain passes as winter storm warning continues

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December 20, 2019 - 6:00 AM

May as well dig yourself out of the snow today because travel is likely out with another 20 to 60 cm of snow expected on several major routes.

While the snowfall warning by Environment Canada ended yesterday for the Central Okanagan, Shuswap and most valley bottoms, the strong Pacific frontal system responsible isn't going away. The weather office says the Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector and Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass is going to continue to get walloped into Saturday morning. Expect low visibility and poor road conditions. The 20 to 60 cm expected is on top of what fell yesterday. 

The Similkameen is also expected to get another 15 to 25 cm of snow and remains under a snowfall warning while a rainfall warning awaits drivers and residents of the Fraser Valley from Hope to the coast. 

Much of the region didn't fare well under conditions yesterday with multiple accidents and road closures including the Coquihalla and sections of Highway 3 and Highway 1. This morning, Drive BC is reporting many road closures and warnings, including the Coquihalla where a vehicle incident has closed the highway in both directions between Merritt and Hope which is still getting heavy snow. Travelers are advised to use extreme caution and expect delays. Highway 1 is also closed in both directions just west of Revelstoke after significant snowfall. Drivers should also expect significant delays for road closures for avalanche control.

Motorists are advised to check road conditions at DriveBC before, and while travelling.

For the latest on the special weather statement and other possible weather watches or warnings, go to the Environment Canada website here.

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