Return to winter this weekend in Columbia, Cariboo, Prince George

The Coquihalla Highway is closed between Hope and Merritt.
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After this week’s sunshine and warmer-than-normal temperatures, parts of B.C. should be prepared for a quick change this weekend.

Environment Canada says much colder air will move in this weekend from the Northern Territories.

Rain will develop Friday night and gradually change to snow or become mixed with snow.

The weather system will affect the Elk Valley, West and East Columbia; Yoho Park, Cariboo, Yellowhead and Prince George, as well as mountain passes and highways.

“Southern BC should be aware that winter-like conditions are still possible this time of year, and we are headed for winter again this weekend on the mountain highways,” says Global News meteorologist Kristi Gordon.

Accumulations of up to 15 cm are expected in the Yoho-Kootenay Park and in Rogers Pass. In Elk Valley, up to five centimetres is possible.

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