Hazardous storm to pound major B.C. highway with up to 25 cm of snowfall


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While the Vancouver weather forecast is calling for a particularly mild winter, Environment Canada warns that conditions will be particularly bad on one B.C. highway this weekend.

The department has issued a special weather statement for the Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt. The winter storm is expected to bring 20 to 25 cm of snowfall tonight as an intense Pacific Frontal system approaches the interior.

The forecast predicts that snow will begin to fall early in the evening and then become heavier as the night progresses. Following this, the snowfall is expected to continue into Saturday with a total amount of up to 25 cm by the evening.

In addition, strong southernly winds will create low visibility as they continue to blow snow throughout the region. As such, this will create hazardous road conditions, as the weather in the mountains change change suddenly and drastically. For instance, as the snow increases, visibility may become severely reduced.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions during this time. Further, ensure that you adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.