Snow in Metro Vancouver at higher elevations, Coquihalla section closed amid wintry weather

Cypress Mtn. saw snowfall on Friday morning. Submitted

A special weather statement calling for snow is in effect for parts of Metro Vancouver on Friday.

Elsewhere in the province, the Coquihalla Highway was closed in both directions because of spun-out commercial vehicles on Larson Hill, according to DriveBC. The highway reopened sometime after 12 p.m., according to DriveBC, and drivers were told to expect traffic congestion.

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Environment Canada says wet snow could fall on higher elevations in the region Friday morning.

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The ski hills on Cypress Mountain and Grouse Mountain both received some snow early Friday.

The snow is expected to subside Friday, but colder than normal temperatures are expected to continue into the weekend.

A travel advisory is in effect between Merritt and Kelowna due to limited visibility, DriveBC said.

A snowfall warning remains in effect for the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt as well as Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton, and the Okanagan connector between Merritt and Kelowna.

Drivers on those routes should drive with caution and put winter tires on their vehicles.

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Read more: Weather warnings for snow blanketing nearly all of southern B.C.

Environment Canada’s special weather statement for snow stretches from eastern Vancouver Island to the Alberta border, and north to the Cariboo region.

The anticipated snowfall totals vary by region, ranging from a few centimetres on Vancouver Island to 5-15 cm in the Southern Interior.

— With files from Doyle Potenteau

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