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Environment Canada calling for late season snowfall along B.C. mountain passes

B.C. weather forecast for Friday, April 26, 2019
Wind, rain and late season snow are in the weather forecast. The snowfall warnings are for the Southern Interior and the Peace River region.

Don’t put away those winter tires just yet. You may need them if you’re motoring over a B.C. mountain pass this weekend.

Environment Canada is calling for late season snowfall along B.C.’s Southern Interior and the Peace River region.

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For the Southern Interior, Environment Canada’s special weather statement applies to the following regions: Shuswap, Boundary, West and East Columbia, Yoho Park, West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake and Elk Valley.

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For those regions, five to 10 centimetres of snow is expected.

For the Coquihalla Highway and the Hope-Princeton, there is a 70 per cent chance of snow. The Okanagan Connector has a 40 per cent chance of snow.

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“A transition to a showery pattern will begin across Central and Eastern B.C. later [Friday], as a trough of low pressure crosses the province,” said the national weather service.

“Freezing levels will drop in the wake of the system on Saturday causing rain showers to switch over to snow, particularly over the high mountain passes.”

Environment Canada added that “five cm of snow will fall tonight over Pine Pass, where the transition from rain to snow will occur the earliest. Five to 10 cm of snow is expected for the Yoho Park and Kootenay Park region, and higher elevations of the Trans-Canada highway including Rogers Pass. Kootenay Pass and the Elk Valley are also expected to receive five cm of snow later Saturday.”

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