Snow alert issued for mountain passes in B.C. Interior

A map showing B.C. highways under snow alerts for the May long weekend. Environment Canada

Only in British Columbia.

On the same weekend that mid-sized open fires will undergo their annual ban, Environment Canada announced a weather alert for possible snow.

On Thursday, the national weather agency said mountain passes in the Southern Interior could see 2 to 5 cm of snow this weekend, with higher amounts possible in some areas.

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“An upper low will bring a cool airmass to higher elevations of the B.C. Interior tonight and into this long weekend,” said Environment Canada.

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“Colder air along with precipitation means the mountain passes can expect a dusting of snow tonight, and possibly Friday night.”

Areas under the weather alert are:

Highway 1

  • Salmon Arm to Golden

Highway 3

  • Hope to Princeton
  • Grand Forks to Creston

Highway 5 (Coquihalla)

  • Hope to Kamloops

Highway 97C (Okanagan Connector)

  • Merritt to Kelowna

Highway 97

  • Clinton to 100 Mile House
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Environment Canada says for the Coquihalla Highway, the Okanagan Connector and Allison Pass on Highway 3, snow can be expected above 1,000 metres.

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For Rogers Pass on the Trans-Canada Highway and Kootenay Pass on Highway 3, snow is expected above 1,300 metres.

“Transportation routes may be impacted,” it warned. “Travellers should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions.”

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