Snow in Southern Interior mountain passes prompts weather warning

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THOMPSON OKANAGAN - Snow has arrived at higher elevations in the Thompson-Okanagan, which means it’s important to drive with caution on area roads and highways today.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning this morning for highways through mountain passes as a frontal system drops up to 20 centimetres of snow before changing to flurries or rain this afternoon, Nov. 15.

Wet snow also fell at higher elevation neighbourhoods in Kelowna and Kamloops this morning making roads slick.

The warning for the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Hope and the Okanagan Connector from Kelowna to Merritt was ended at about 11:45 a.m., but continues for Highway 3 westbound from Princeton to Hope via the Allison Pass, and eastbound from the Kootenay Pass to the Paulson Summit.

The weather warning advises people to adjust their driving to the changing road conditions and reminds drivers weather in the mountains can change suddenly.

For those headed to and from Kamloops, Highway 97 near Falkland has slushy and slippery sections, according to Drive B.C.

Highway 6 is experiencing winter-like conditions as well. Fog is hindering visibility near Coldstream, and slippery roads further east near Cherryville require slow driving. Snow and slush are on the roads as you approach the Monashee Summit, Drive B.C. says.

Highway 33 is also experiencing snow with slush. Drive especially carefully in Joe Rich and also near Beaverdell. As the afternoon temperatures rise, this will become heavy slush, so proceed with caution.

Snow near Rogers Pass is also slowing things down on Highway 1, and drivers are experiencing foggy conditions in several areas, especially near Golden.

Highway 99 between Cache Creek and Lillooet also has several wet, slushy areas. 

For the latest road conditions go to Drive B.C.

— This story was updated at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 to say snowfall warnings for Coquihalla Highway and Okanagan Connector had ended.

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