Storm warning: Sea to Sky highway to get pounded with 20 cm of snowfall

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Environment Canada warns drivers to practice caution on the Sea to Sky highway today as a winter storm moves into the region.

The forecast describes how a pacific coastal frontal system will spread snow over Howe Sound as well as the Sea to Sky Highway from Squamish to Whistler. In addition, the forecast calls for this system to produce a whopping 20 cm of snowfall.

The snowfall is expected to start this afternoon and intensify during the night. Additionally, strong northeast outflow winds may reduce visibility in blowing snow.

The snow will turn into rainfall by Wednesday.

A wind and snowfall warning are also in effect for the Howe Sound, with winds as strong as 70 km/hr expected. Further, the forecast indicates that these powerful winds may cause damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows. High winds may also toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

As a result of the weather in the mountains, driving conditions may suddenly become hazardous. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.

RCMP are asking drivers to slow down and practice caution after four fatal crashes took place on B.C. highways this past week alone. Reducing speed lowers your chance of being injured or killed in a collision. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with proper winter tread when venturing out on BC’s highways this winter.