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Snowfall warnings issued for Okanagan, Coquihalla

FILE PHOTO - Travelling behind a snow plow on the Coquihalla Highway on Nov 2, 2013.
Image Credit: Contributed/B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Jess M. Cote
December 20, 2020 - 10:05 AM

It's going to look a lot like Christmas starting Monday morning, but motorists are cautioned to be careful.

Environment Canada issued a series of snowfall warnings covering much of the Southern Interior.

For the Nicola, Okanagan Valley and Boundary regions, Environment Canada is predicting snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 centimetres. 

"A deepening Pacific low will make its way across Washington state on Monday. Abundant moisture associated with the system combined with cold air to the north of its trajectory will produce heavy snowfall across the southern interior of British Columbia," Environment Canada said in its alert.

"Snow will begin early Monday morning and intensify during the day. It will taper off Monday night. Snowfall amounts will range from 15 to 20 cm for the Nicola and Boundary regions. Snowfall will be more variable in the Okanagan where lower elevations along the lake may receive 10 cm or less; however, there will be 15 cm or more over higher terrain."

In the Similkameen, on the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and the Okanagan Connector, from Merritt to Kelowna, conditions are expected to be "hazardous" according to Environment Canada.

"Snow will begin early Monday morning and intensify rapidly. It will taper off late Monday night. Snowfall amounts will range from 25 to 35 cm," Environment Canada said.

"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve."

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.


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