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Heavy snow anticipated on Coquihalla, Hope-Princeton highways, Environment Canada advises

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December 27, 2017 - 4:11 PM

PENTICTON - Two special weather statements have been issued by Environment Canada, one for the Simillkameen and Okanagan Valleys and one for Highway 3, Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass and the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt.

According to the statements, issued today, Dec. 27, Environment Canada says moist Pacific air spreading a dome of cold arctic air from the interior will result in extensive snow in the mountain passes tonight.

Steady snowfall is expected this evening with amounts of between two and four cms in the Okanagan and Similkmaeen valleys.

A stronger system Thursday will result in more snow, with amounts of five to 10 cm forecast for much of the Similkameen, and Okanagan, with more snow anticipated Friday.

In the mountain passes, snowfalls in the five to 10 centimetre range will occur tonight with an additional 10 to 15 cm anticipated through Thursday.

Freezing rain may occur near Hope on Thursday afternoon with additional accumulations of 10 to 15 cm expected on Friday on the Hope-Princeton and Coquihalla routes.

Travellers are advised mountain roads could become hazardous due to icy conditions. Road conditions can change suddenly, resulting in hazardous driving.

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Road conditions are available at: www.drivebc.ca

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