Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any more dramatic, you hear that there are snow warnings in May. We aren’t making this up. Environment Canada has put out a warning about snowfall on B.C. highways. The “hazardous” conditions will be starting on the night of Thursday, May 21, so this might be your sign to stay home. Which one of you is going to tell Mother Nature what month it is? 

B.C. had a long and chilly winter, but apparently, it’s not over. 

We are already well into May and the sun has been shining. People have even been going to the beach for some nice socially-distanced, outdoor hangs. 

But all good things must come to an end. Environment Canada is calling for snowfall in several areas around B.C. 

The snow is expected to hit on the evening of Thursday, May 21, as if this is a normal thing to experience this time of year. 

Up to 15 centimetres of snow should hit in eight different regions around the province, with the highways getting it the worst.

Each area of the highway will be different, but all snow is expected to fall throughout the night. 

By the morning of Friday, May 22, the snow will be turning into typical B.C. rain. 

The weather statements read that “snow level will lower to 1,300 to 1,500 metres tonight and rise to 1,700 to 1,900 metres Friday afternoon.”

Over highway 3, along Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, showers will change to snow this evening, and local amounts may hit up to 15 centimetres by tomorrow morning. 

Up to five centimetres are anticipated on the Okanagan Connector, while the Allison Pass could only see two centimetres of snow accumulation. 

This may not seem like a lot of snow but for this time of the year, any snow is a lot of snow. 

The following areas currently have a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada:

  • Boundary 
  • Fraser Canyon 
  • Fraser Valley 
  • Kootenay Lake
  • Nicola 
  • Okanagan Valley 
  • Similkameen 
  • West Kootenay 

According to the warnings, the snowfall has the potential of making the highways “hazardous.” 

In these mountain regions, weather can change suddenly, so it's best to use caution and always visit the DriveBC website before hitting the road

Don’t worry, the snow won't be around forever. It all has to melt eventually. 

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