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Snowfall warning for Highway 3, Coquihalla Highway

FILE PHOTO - A snow plow works on Highway 3 at the Allison Pass Summit on April 8, 2013.
Image Credit: Contributed/B.C. Ministry of Transportation

A large amount of snow is expected on Highway 3 and the Coquihalla Highway tonight and tomorrow.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning today, Dec. 3, for Highway 3 from Princeton to Hope via the Allison Pass, and Highway 5 from Merritt to Hope.

The weather office said the 15 cm of snow will accumulate on those upper elevation highways tonight and tomorrow before turning to a few flurries Saturday night. 

The Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Hope is currently closed to the public, while Highway 3 is open to only essential travel.

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Meanwhile, the same low pressure system is expected to dump 15 to 20 cm of snow on Highway 3 to Alberta through the Kootenay Pass to Paulson Summit tonight through to Saturday afternoon.

Travel may be difficult because of rapidly accumulating snow on the impacted highways, Environment Canada warns.

For the latest the snowfall warning go to Environment Canada's website here.

For the latest on road conditions, as well as highway closures, go to Drive B.C. here.

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