World News – CA – Snow conditions lead to highway closures and travel advisories in BC


Alyse Kotyk
Journalist, CTVNewsVancouverCalifornia


A sudden cold snap and snow conditions in the southern part of BC led to travel advisories and even freeway closures on Friday morning

Environment Canada issued a series of weather advisories for the province, warning of unusually cold temperatures and snow in some areas as an arctic air mass passed through the region.

What started out as weather reports has turned into snow warnings in some areas, and the harsh conditions have triggered warnings on some mountain passes

DriveBC issued a notice shortly after 7 am, saying the Coquihalla Highway was closed in both directions between Merritt and Hope, due to « commercial vehicle rotation on Larson Hill » The highway reopened shortly after noon

The Transportation Authority has also issued travel advisories for the highway between Merritt and Kelowna and for highway 97, between Merritt and Kamloops, due to limited visibility with blowing snow

According to Environment Canada, some mountain passes could see up to 20 centimeters of snow before clearing in the evening

Winter tires and chains are now required on many BC motorway routes These rules went into effect on October 1, and will remain in place until next spring

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World News – CA – Snow conditions lead to highway closures, travel advisories in BC


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