Snow expected on area highways, including the Coquihalla

By Greg Fry
October 31, 2017 - 12:35pm

KAMLOOPS— If you plan on driving on area highways this week, be prepared to encounter some snow.

"Well, you know we have a big low pressure system that's tracking through Alberta and that's crashing a cold front across that in a northwesterly flow which really isn't a great setup for the high terrain," says Doug Lundquist, meteorologist with Environment Canada. "It makes it somewhat uncertain how much snow is going to happen.

"For the eastern part of B.C., like out towards Rogers Pass, it's almost certain you're going to rack up a significant amount of snowfall compared to what we've seen with the really warm temperatures recently."

He says that could mean as much as 10 centimetres of snow in that area tonight.

As for the Coquihalla Highway?

"The freezing level is going to start to go down. We're going to get more snow to lower elevations over the next 24 hours. Certainly by Thursday if not by tonight and tomorrow but certainly by Thursday and Friday we'll have snow when the cold air collides with warm air from the coast."

If you still have to travel on highways in the region he suggests you "winterize" your vehicle.

"Get on the winter tires, plan ahead. Things can change quickly. Our behaviour has to change too."

Lundquist adds Kamloops itself is still on track for the white stuff this Thursday.


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