Environment Canada Issues Snowfall Statement for Mountain Passes in Inland Southern British Columbia

If you plan to travel to or from the interior of southern British Columbia this Thanksgiving weekend, prepare for the snow.

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On Friday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement calling for snow on most southern highway crossings.

A graph showing the projected areas of snowfall along the mountain passes in the interior of southern British Columbia.

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“The system’s precipitation will start as rain on Saturday afternoon, and then as snow levels drop, it will change to snow on Saturday night or Sunday morning,” the national weather agency said in its statement. at 12:39 pm.

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“The snow is expected to continue through Sunday night. Total snow accumulations of 10-15 cm can be expected, with the highest amounts at higher elevations. “

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Freeway passes include:

  • Coquihalla, from Hope to Kamloops
  • Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass
  • Okanagan Connector, Merritt to Kelowna
  • Trans-Canada Highway, from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass

Global News meteorologist Kristi Gordon said that ‘the precipitation will start as rain and then move onto snow near the summits between 1,400 and 1,800 meters as early as Saturday night. Some areas may not experience the transition to snow until Sunday morning. “

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The Coquihalla has a maximum elevation of 1,230 meters, while the Okanagan Connector reaches a maximum of 1,717 meters.

On Highway 3, Paulson Summit is 1,446 meters, while Kootenay Pass is 1,781 meters.

On the Trans-Canada Highway, Eagle Pass is 550 meters away, while Rogers Pass is 1,330 meters away.


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On October 1, provincial rules that snow tires or winter chains are mandatory on most routes in British Columbia went into effect through March 31, although some routes are extended through March 30. April.

“The beginning of the snow season can be dangerous because many drivers are unaware that there is possible snow and have not yet switched to snow tires,” Gordon said.

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“Travelers should be warned that they are required by law to carry snow tires if they are traveling on any of the mountain roads starting October 1.”

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