Snowstorm expected to hammer B.C. Interior, prompting warnings and travel advisories

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A snowstorm will bring up to 30 centimetres of snow to the B.C. Interior by Monday night, according to Environment Canada.

The national weather service has issued a snowfall warning for the Okanagan, Shuswap, North Thompson, North Columbia, Kinbasket and Williston regions.

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Environment Canada says the storm will track across British Columbia Monday night and Tuesday, bringing heavy snow in the amount of 20-30 centimetres near the Coquihalla summit.

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“Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve,” the warning advises. “Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”

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Road maintenance contractor AIM Roads is encouraging drivers to be prepared before travelling B.C. Interior highways and to check for current road conditions.

The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the eastbound lane of Highway 1 at 10th Street in Salmon Arm, B.C., was closed Monday morning due to downed power lines.

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Emergency crews are on scene and an assessment was completed. The highway has since reopened. Drivers are asked to expect delays.

Winter tires or chains are required on most routes in British Columbia from Oct. 1 to March 31.

For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the date will be extended until April 30 to account for early spring snowfall.

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Meanwhile, Environment Canada has issued a heavy rainfall warning for the Central Coast and West Vancouver Island, with 100 millimetres of rain expected to fall.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible, the advisory states.

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