Winter is coming down hard in BC. Environment Canada is now warning Canadians not to travel across BC today because of the major winter snow storm that is happening right now.
Environment Canada has released a weather alert for the winter snow storm that's causing dangerous driving conditions across BC. They're now advising Canadians to avoid driving on the highways if possible. "Hazardous winter conditions are expected", warns Environment Canada. "Travel is not recommended. Heavy snowfall accumulation may cause tree branches to break. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight".
The intense winter weather warning is affecting several parts of BC. Officials recommend not to travel on popular routes such as the Sea to Sky corridor, the Fraser Valley and the Fraser Canyon region including the Coquihalla Highway and the Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass.
"Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery," warns Environment Canada.
So if you're looking to drive on these popular BC highways today, it's safer to wait for the winter storm to pass. The following highways are under winter storm warning right now:
- Trans-Canada Highway - Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass
- Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass
- Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt
- Highway 3 - Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass
- Yellowhead Highway - Tête Jaune Cache to the Alberta Border
Snow is expected to be heavy at times in these regions, especially this evening. The snow is forecasted to slow down into flurries on Friday morning. Environment Canada recommends drivers to "adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains".
You can keep updated on the winter weather conditions on Environment Canada's website.