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Winter continues on Interior mountain passes this morning with snowfall warning

The view from the Drive B.C. webcam on Highway 97C looking east, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.
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October 13, 2020 - 9:30 AM

The road trip back home following the Thanksgiving long weekend is a bit more challenging this morning thanks to snow on high elevation mountain passes in the southern Interior.

A frontal system moving across southern B.C. is behind a dump of snow overnight on several mountain passes in the Interior, with more snow expected today.

A snowfall warning has been issued by Environment Canada for the Okanagan Connector from Kelowna to Merritt and the Trans-Canada Highway from Rogers Pass to Eagle pass with between 15 and 20 centimetres of snow expected today, Oct. 13. It should taper off in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, a special weather statement has been continued for the Coquihalla Highway from Kamloops through Merritt to Hope as snow continues on the mountain passes this morning.

Snow began falling overnight as snow levels dropped to around 1,000 metres, the weather office said, with the snow expected to change to rain later this morning as snow levels rise.

Another 10 cm of snow could fall at the Coquihalla Summit between Merritt and Hope before it changes to rain later this morning before switching back to flurries near the summit overnight for another 10 cm of snowfall.

About five cm of snow is expected on the Surry Lake Summit on the Kamloops to Merritt section of Highway 5.

Environment Canada warns visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow which will create hazardous driving conditions.

For the latest on public weather warning and alerts, go to the Environment Canada website here.

For the latest on highway conditions go to the Drive B.C. website here.

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