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Snowfall warning continued for the Coquihalla, Trans-Canada

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December 31, 2019 - 6:59 AM

A frontal system approaching southern B.C. is expected to bring heavy snow to mountain passes, prompting a couple of weather warnings.

On the Coquihalla Highway, from Hope to Merritt, heavy snow was expected to fall throughout Monday night and continue through to Tuesday.

Near the summit, the snow was expected to become heavy and wet.

On Tuesday night the wet snow will change to rain as the snow level rises above the summit.

The highest snowfall will be near the summit with total accumulation of 10 to 20 centimetres by this evening. 

The frontal system pushing across the B.C. Interior is also spreading snow to the North Columbia, West Columbia as well as Rogers Pass and a snowfall warning is in effect for the Trans-Canada Highway, from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

The Yellowhead Highway from Tete Jaune Cache to the Alberta border, and Highway 3 from the Kootenay Pass to the Paulson Summit are also under a snowfall warning.

Snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are possible by tonight.

The heavy snow is expected to ease by Wednesday morning.

Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.

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