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Snowfall warning issued for the Coquihalla

FILE PHOTO - Travelling behind a snow plow on the Coquihalla Highway.
Image Credit: Contributed/B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Jess M. Cote
December 11, 2019 - 6:49 AM

If you're travelling the Coquihalla in the next day be prepared for winter conditions, Environment Canada says.

A Pacific weather system will bring snow along sections of the Coquihalla Highway, from Hope to Merritt, prompting the government agency to issue a snowfall warning. A snowfall warning has also been issued for Highway 3 from the Paulson Summit to the Kootenay Pass.

"Snow will increase in intensity overnight Dec. 11 and continue into Thursday morning as the system passes through the region," the alert reads.

The heavy snow will ease in intensity through Thursday but periods of snow are still expected.

Snow levels will remain near valley bottom except near Hope where rain is expected. Total snow amounts up to 25 centimetres may fall during the event for tonight and Thursday.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.

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

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.
For information on emergency plans and kits go here. Shift Into Winter reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at Drive B.C.

— This story was updated at 1:26 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, to say Highway 3 from the Paulson Summit to the Kootenay Pass was also under a snowfall warning.

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