Environment Canada forecasts heavy snow for parts of Trans-Canada Highway

FILE. Snow clearing plows waiting for work on the Trans Canada Highway. Twitter: @EmconD/ Global Okanagan

Environment Canada has forecast heavy snow for a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway.

In an alert issued Monday morning, the national weather agency said between 10 and 15 cm could fall on the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

“A cold front will bring flurries to the region tonight, with the heaviest snow expected near midnight associated with the frontal passage,” reads the warning.

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“Heavy flurries will taper off to a few flurries by Tuesday morning.”

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While it may look like spring, winter tires or chains are required on most routes in British Columbia from Oct. 1 to April 30, and routes are marked with regulatory signs posted on highways throughout the province.

A legal winter tire is defined as having at least 3.5 mm of tread depth plus the letters M and S or a three-peak mountain/snowflake symbol.

Failure to put the proper tires on vehicles could result in a $121 fine and a tow.

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