More snow on way for Coquihalla; rain, winds to batter B.C.’s coast

After getting walloped with 42 centimetres of snow earlier this week, another 25 to 40 cm of snow is predicted to fall on the Coquihalla Highway between Wednesday night and Friday morning. DriveBC

A winter storm warning is still in effect for the Coquihalla Highway, though the same alert for other mountain passes in B.C.’s Southern Interior have been rescinded.

On Wednesday morning, Environment Canada said its snowfall warnings from earlier this week for Highway 3 [Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass and Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass] and the Trans-Canada Highway [Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass] were no longer in effect.

However, the weather service was still posting a winter storm warning for the Coquihalla, from Hope to Merritt.

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“Approximately 42 centimetres of snow has fallen near the Coquihalla summit since Monday night,” said Environment Canada. “The snow has tapered off to a few flurries this morning.

“Another storm will approach southern B.C. tonight. Over [the] Coquihalla Highway, snow will begin overnight and then intensify on Thursday morning. The snow may change to rain or become mixed, with rain late in the day then change back to snow late in the evening. Total snowfall from this storm is expected to be in the range of 25 to 40 cm by Friday morning.

“Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.”

On Monday, Environment Canada issued several storm warnings for B.C.’s Interior, predicting that approximately 50 cm of snow would fall on mountain passes from Monday overnight to Wednesday morning.

READ MORE: Coquihalla northbound re-opened Hope to Merritt

Also Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for high winds and rainfall for B.C.’s southern coast, including Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast, Whistler, the Lower Mainland and most of Vancouver Island.

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“A developing low pressure system over the Pacific will intensify rapidly tonight as it tracks towards the B.C. coast,” said Environment Canada. “The low is expected to make landfall somewhere along Vancouver Island on Thursday.

“There is good consensus among computer weather models that this intense low will move onto the coast on Thursday, but details on the exact track and timing remain uncertain at this time. With this system, there is the potential for both damaging winds and heavy rainfall, but determining which regions will be most impacted depends on the precise details of the track and timing.”

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