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Slow moving winter storm on the way to southern Interior

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Environment Canada is warning drivers that a winter storm is on its way and it will impact high elevation highways in the southern Interior.

A winter storm watch has been issued for the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Kamloops, the Okanagan Connector from Merritt to Kelowna and the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

The Coquihalla is currently open to essential commercial traffic only.

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Periods of heavy snow are expected from the slow moving winter storm tomorrow night, Dec. 21 through until Thursday, Dec. 23. The weather office said the snow will adversely impact travel conditions across high elevation travel routes in the southern Interior.

"Exact snowfall amounts are uncertain this time and will range between mountain passes. Follow local route forecasts for greater detail and please be prepared for adverse travel conditions," the winter storm watch reads. "Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations."

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Drivers can expect visibility to be reduced at times in the heavy snow, and the poor weather may contribute to transportation delays.

The latest road conditions can be found by visiting Drive B.C. here.

For the latest on watches or warnings go to Environment Canada's web page here.

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