Get ready B.C. because winter is coming down hard on parts of the province today. This morning, Environment Canada has issued heavy snowfall warnings across BC today and is now warning people to be careful on the roads. So if you're gearing up to travel on the BC highways, make sure to be extra cautious today.
"Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions," warns Environment Canada in their weather alert. "Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow".
The driving conditions may even become hazardous, warns Environment Canada. "Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions," read the alert.
The special weather advisory from Environment Canada is for several parts of BC. The Sea to Sky Corridor will be affected, including Squamish and Whistler, so check weather conditions before you go on the popular Sea to Sky highway. The heavy snowfall warning is in effect for the Highway 3 from Paulson Summit as well, and the regions of Kootenay Pass, West Kootenay, Boundary, and Kootenay Lake.
Snowfall totaling around 20 cm is forecasted in the Whistler and Squamish area, according to Environment Canada. "Snow at times heavy will continue today with another 10 to 15 cm expected by this evening over Whistler and the Sea to Sky Highway north of Squamish," read the weather alert.
The popularly dangerous Coquihalla highway is also affected by snowfall as well. DriveBC has also issued a warning for the Coquihalla highway. They are advising drivers to be extra cautious, because of compact snow and slippery sections, according to Global News. This is due to the snowfall that just happened overnight.
In the Boundary, Kootenay Lake and West Kootenay region, there is expected to be between 15 cm to 25 cm of snowfall. "Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations", wrote Environment Canada.
Make sure to be extra cautious and check the weather conditions before you drive in these areas. You can check updated road conditions on Drive BC's website.