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BC Highways Will Be Dangerous All Weekend With Potentially Heavy Snow

Snow, rain and thunderstorms are making a perfect storm.
BC Highways Will Be Dangerous All Weekend With Potentially Heavy Snow

Winter is coming. We know it’s only the end of September but cold air and winds are approaching us fast here in B.C. According to The Weather Network, snow in B.C. creating winter conditions are expected to hit mountain passes today on Friday, September 27. These conditions will include snow, rain, and thunderstorms.

We have had some seriously crazy weather this year. From hail and tornadoes to snow on the highways and a months supply of rain in just one week, Canada has been the epicentre for all things whack.

Fall was supposed to be a calm time for us here in B.C. but apparently, the weather has a mind of its own. 

According to Environment Canada and The Weather Network, winter conditions are anticipated to hit mountain passes and highways in B.C. today. 

It’s only September but apparently, Mother Nature doesn’t know that. While we wish this weren’t true, let’s just be thankful that we can now prepare for the worst. 

It may not be full-blown December weather, but it is still unexpected and unnecessary. Today, there will be a mix of rain, snow, and thunderstorms across the province. These conditions will take place prior to freezing levels, which will have some southern interior mountain passes, like the Coquihalla, eligible for “potentially heavy snow.”

"An arctic cold front will act as the second factor providing the cold air that will drop freezing levels and allow precipitation to transition to snow through this weekend," says Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg.

Snow in the mountains will vary depending on elevation and temperature out anywhere from five to 15 cm is expected. By Saturday, mountain peeks will have roughly 20 cm of snow. 

Things are not expected to get a better on Saturday as wind gusts will reach anywhere from 50 to 70 km/h. This, accompanied by the snow, will make some areas of the province incredibly dangerous. 

By the time Sunday rolls around, some lingering snowfall will remain in the interior and the Rockies. Other areas like the Okanagan will see some rain. 

But this doesn’t mean we are in the clear. Freezing levels between 1000 and 1500 m will keep snow through some of the mountain passes into Sunday night. 

Environment Canada has already issued a number of watches and warnings in anticipation. According to the Environment Canada website, 14 areas around B.C. have been issued either a snowfall warning or special weather statement in anticipation for the large snowfall. 

The affected areas are as follows:

  • Boundary 
  • Chilcotin 
  • East Columbia 
  • Elk Valley 
  • Fraser Canyon 
  • Fraser Valley 
  • Kootenay Lake 
  • Nicole 
  • Okanagan Valley 
  • Shuswap 
  • Similkameen 
  • South Thompson 
  • West Columbia 
  • West Kootenay 

If you plan on driving, be sure to visit the DriveBC website before you head out. Here, you can see the status of road conditions and check the highways through the regularly updated webcams. 

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