A slow-moving arctic front is making its way towards British Columbia, bringing with it the first snowfall of the season. While many parts of B.C. are expected to see snow, travellers on mountain highways and in the Columbia and Kootenay regions should be particularly prepared for winter conditions. The special weather statement issued by Environment Canada predicts that these areas could receive between five to ten centimetres of snow.
The Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops, Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton, and the Okanagan Connector are likely to be affected the most, with snowfall expected Monday night and into Tuesday morning. This snowfall is expected to be sporadic due to the convective nature of the arctic front, resulting in brief periods of rapidly accumulating snow for drivers.
Furthermore, these same highways may experience an additional five to ten centimetres of snowfall late on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.
In addition to the mountain highways, other regions are also anticipated to receive snow. The areas from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass, West Columbia, East Columbia, Yoho and Kootenay Park, Kinbasket, East Kootenay, and Elk Valley are expected to see snowfall from Monday to Tuesday evening. Global BC meteorologist, Kristi Gordon, forecasts that temperatures in the Interior will remain well below seasonal norms for the entire week.
Motorists in B.C. are reminded that winter tires are required on highways starting October 1st. These measures are essential to ensure safe driving conditions in snowy and icy weather.
1. Which areas of British Columbia will experience snowfall?
Travellers on mountain highways, as well as those in the Columbia and Kootenay regions of British Columbia, should be prepared for snowfall.
2. How much snow is expected to fall in these areas?
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement predicting five to ten centimetres of snow in these regions.
3. Which highways are likely to be most affected?
The Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops, Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton, and the Okanagan Connector are expected to see significant snowfall.
4. Are there any other regions that will experience snowfall?
Yes, areas such as Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass, West Columbia, East Columbia, Yoho and Kootenay Park, Kinbasket, East Kootenay, and Elk Valley will also see snowfall.
5. What should motorists in B.C. remember during snowy weather?
Motorists are reminded that winter tires are required on B.C. highways starting October 1st to ensure safe driving conditions in snowy and icy weather.