Get ready Vancouverites because winter is coming down hard to B.C. this weekend. If you have plans to drive from Vancouver to the Fraser Valley, Kelowna, the Alberta border or other places east, you may want to reconsider your weekend plans. Environment Canada is warning Canadians that a massive snow storm will make BC's busy Coquihalla Highway extremely dangerous this weekend.
A snowfall weather warning is currently in effect for the Fraser Valley area and the Coquihalla Highway. Environment Canada is forecasting snowfall up to 25 cm for this upcoming weekend in their weather alert, which is much more snow than the highway has seen lately.
"An intense Pacific frontal system will approach the interior tonight," reads the warning from Environment Canada. "The snow is expected to continue through Saturday with total accumulations up to 25 cm expected by early Saturday evening".
Drivers beware – there will be low visibility on the highway due to the weather conditions. "Strong southerly winds accompanying the system will give local blowing snow resulting in low visibilities," says Environment Canada.
The snow will start as early as this evening and continue to become heavier throughout the night. Environment Canada is now warning drivers to be extremely careful on the road, because the snow will make driving conditions dangerous.
"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".
"Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions," says Environment Canada. They recommend drivers to make sure they are adjusting to winter driving behavior and that your car has proper winter tires and chains.
To check updated road conditions before you hit the busy Coquihalla Highway this weekend, you can visit DriveBC's website. For more information on the weather warning from Environment Canada, you can check out their website.