British Columbia

Rainy, snowy forecast prompts special weather statements for southern B.C. highways

Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for several highway passes in southern B.C., with a combination of rain and snow in the forecast.

Miserable weather expected for Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector, Hwy 3

The Okanagan Connector, about 74 kilometres west of Kelowna, B.C., at 7:15 a.m. on Friday. (DriveBC)

Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for several highway passes in southern B.C., with a combination of rain and snow in the forecast.

The weather agency said showers are expected for the Coquihalla Highway, the Okanagan Connector and two stretches of Highway 3 on Friday. 

The alert said 5-10 centimetres of fresh snow are expected Friday morning over Highway 3 from Paulson summit to Kootenay Pass, as well as over the Okanagan Connector. Around 2-4 centimetres are possible over Allison Pass on Highway 3 and the Coquihalla.

The agency warned weather on the mountain passes can change suddenly, creating hazardous driving conditions. Drivers are reminded to slow down.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is still advising British Columbians to avoid any non-essential travel due to the pandemic. However, highways are still being used by essential workers like truckers transporting critical goods across the province.

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