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Drivers warned that Coquihalla, Connector and Highway 3 likely to get snow

A car tire in the snow is pictured on December 10, 2010. Andreas Rentz / Getty Images

Anyone travelling through B.C.’s Southern Interior mountain passes should be prepared for snow, according to a Thursday morning special weather statement issued by Environment Canada.

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Somewhere between two and 10 centimetres of snow is expected to fall on Highway 3, from Hope to Princeton and from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass; the Coquihalla Highway, from Hope to Merritt, then Merritt to Kamloops; and the Okanagan Connector, from Merritt to Kelowna.

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At Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass, up to 10 cm is expected. All other areas are forecast to see around 5 cm.

“Snow is likely over the Southern Interior mountain passes as a trough of low pressure moves across B.C. (Thursday),” the national weather agency said Thursday.

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“Snow levels will lower to near 900 metres tonight before rising again on Friday. Occasionally heavy snow may reduce visibility. Be prepared for winter driving conditions.

The snow is expected to start falling Thursday night, then carry on until Friday morning.

Road conditions are available at drivebc.ca.

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