Heavy snowfall alert issued for Coquihalla Highway, winter storm watch for Highway 3

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall alert for the Coquihalla Highway. Global News / Skytracker

A special weather statement for heavy snowfall has been issued for the Coquihalla Highway in B.C.

According to Environment Canada, an incoming Pacific weather system is expected to bring a significant amount of snow to higher elevation areas.

The snow is forecast to start falling later Sunday, with travel conditions between Hope and Merritt impacted through to Tuesday.

Read more: Heavy rainfall, strong wind forecast for B.C.’s Lower Mainland Sunday

“Exact snowfall amounts are uncertain at this time, but guidance is beginning to agree on amounts ranging between 20 to 40 cm depending on location and elevation,” said Environment Canada.

The national weather agency reminded motorists to be prepared for adverse conditions, including visibility possibly being suddenly reduced at times.

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Also Saturday, Environment Canada issued a winter storm watch for a section of Highway 3, between Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass.

Between 20 and 30 cm is forecasted to fall between Sunday night and Monday afternoon.

“As snowfall totals become more certain, a winter storm warning will be issued,” Environment Canada said on Saturday afternoon.

For the latest road conditions throughout the province, visit DriveBC.




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