Motorists should slow down in winter conditions. (File photo)

UPDATE: Snow to make a comeback on B.C. mountain passes

Wintry conditions return

UPDATE: 4:48 p.m.

Environment Canada is forecasting snow to continue overnight for the Coquihalla, Okanagan Connector and Highway 3 – Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass.

A strong cold front is moving across southern B.C., which will lower freezing levels and bring heavy sow to the highways.

Reduced visibility and rapid accumulation of snow of up to 15 cm can be expected, by Friday morning.

Over Kootenay Pass, snow will persist until late this evening, where up to 20 cm is expected.

In the Okanagan Valley and Shuswap, a thunderstorm is anticipated this evening with the possibility of 10 mm of rain. For Friday, Environment Canada is forecasting a 40 per cent chance of flurries late in the morning and in the afternoon, with a high of 5 C.

READ MORE: Lower Mainland could see spring flurries

For Metro Vancouver, the City of Vancouver and the North Shore, Environment Canada is predicting showers, flurries and hail overnight and into Friday.

A special weather statement remains in effect for the South Coast.

————

Winter weather will return to higher elevations across B.C. this afternoon.

There’s a special weather statement in effect for the Coquihalla, the Okanagan Connector and Highway 3, from Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass.

“A strong cold front will move across southern B.C. later today. Ahead of the cold front this morning, rising freezing levels will bring mostly rain to the passes,” reads the alert from Environment Canada.

READ MORE: SPRING DELAYED ON VALLEY BOTTOM

“The passage of the cold front late this afternoon will bring a sudden change in precipitation from rain to heavy snow over the highways resulting in sudden reduced visibility and possible rapid accumulation of snow. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 15 centimetres are possible from this afternoon through tonight.”

Over Kootenay Pass, snow will persist today. Due to higher freezing levels, the snow may become wet or mixed with rain at times. Total snow accumulations of 15 to 20 cm are expected.

Travellers are advised to exercise caution if travelling today and to be aware of rapidly changing road conditions.

Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaNewsKat
kmichaels@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

West Kelowna’s music in the park will rock this Friday

This Friday’s Music in the Park will feature rock and country group… Continue reading

Extreme fire danger in the Okanagan-Shuswap

The fire danger rating hits extreme or high in areas of the Okanagan- Shuswap

Get Moonstruck at Kelowna theatre event

New Vintage Theatre will honour actor Nicolas Cage on July 21

Opera Under The Stars at UBCO

Opera Kelowna will stage Bizet’s Carmen in the Kelowna campus courtyard Aug. 1

Busy day for Central Okanagan Search And Rescue

Two calls and wildfire training kept COSAR volunteers hopping Sunday

Course veterans seize victory in Peach City Classic

The first place titles in this year’s triathlon belonged to returning competitors.

Unbeaten streak halted, but Sun Devils clinch

Kelowna Sun Devils lose first games of the 18U AAA season but wrap up top spot

Riptide, CVUSC paved the way for varsity soccer players

Chloe Gummer has become a leader at VIU

B.C. woman disappointed after family asked for ID at townhouse complex pool

Surrey woman says it’s not the first time she has experienced racial profiling at the complex

Park pipeline protesters say arrest is a ‘declaration of war’

Group behind North Thompson River Provincial Park occupation protest says arrest is ‘declaration of war’

A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

Online retail giant extends annual ‘Prime Day’ promotion to 36 hours

Alert B.C. campers raise alarm and avert potential propane disaster

Salmon Arm camper lodges a complaint with Technical Safety BC after motorhome tank is over-filled.

Falcons swept by Pickles, WCL hits all-star break

Kelowna loses three West Coast League games in Portland

Extreme Okanagan weather preparedness in spring

Ensuring family and homes are safe in Vernon

Most Read