Webcam footage captured Saturday morning reveals a picturesque scene as heavy snow blankets B.C.’s high-elevation highways. The Coquihalla, Okanagan Connector, and Allison Pass near Manning Park are all covered in a thick layer of snow, resulting in a winter storm warning for the area. As a result of the storm, the first “snowshed protocol” of the season has been activated on the Coquihalla to ensure emergency and maintenance crews are fully prepared for the weather conditions.
Environment Canada advises that a weather system passing through southern B.C. will bring heavy snowfall to certain interior highways over the Remembrance Day weekend. The snowfall, which can be intense at times, is expected to persist through Saturday night but will gradually ease by Sunday morning.
Weather forecasts estimate that the Coquihalla could see anywhere between 25 to 40 cm of snow accumulation by Sunday. However, it’s crucial to note that these figures are subject to change depending on various factors.
In the meantime, Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon remains closed due to concerns about landslides. The heavy rain in the area, coupled with the recent fire activity, has led to cautionary measures and a delay in reopening the highway. Authorities have tentatively scheduled to reopen Highway 1 at 9 a.m. on Saturday, conditions permitting.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the “snowshed protocol”?
The “snowshed protocol” is enacted when significant snowfall is expected. Its purpose is to ensure that emergency and maintenance crews are fully prepared to handle the challenging conditions brought on by heavy snow.
How much snow is expected on the Coquihalla?
Forecasts suggest that the Coquihalla could receive between 25 to 40 cm of snowfall from this storm. However, these estimates are subject to change depending on various factors.
Why is Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon closed?
Highway 1 remains closed due to concerns about landslides caused by heavy rain. Authorities are actively monitoring the situation and plan to reopen the highway when conditions permit.