With winter storm warnings in place for key travel routes throughout the Thompson-Okanagan, Environment Canada is urging drivers to exercise caution and avoid non-essential travel until conditions improve.
A Pacific frontal system has brought snow from the B.C. Interior, with as much as 15 cm of snow near the summit of Coquihalla Highway, 5 to 10 cm expected this morning and a few flurries this afternoon. Further accumulations of 15 to 25 cm are expected on Highway 3’s Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass route, as well as on Highway One – Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.
Snowfall can obscure visibility and create icy roads quickly, making driving dangerous. Be prepared in case you’re caught in a storm while travelling: it’s best to have plenty of food and water stocked up in your vehicle and make sure that your battery is charged. In addition, make sure you always check weather forecasts before heading out on any journey, no matter how short it may be.
Drivers should remember that safety comes first; even if you remain within the speed limit on icy roads or snowy highways, accidents can still occur due to low visibility or slick surfaces. Always use caution when travelling during these conditions and if at all possible follow Environment Canada’s warning by postponing non-essential trips until conditions improve.
For more information about winter storm warnings, check Environment Canada’s website for updates and subscribe to their newsletter for early alerts about severe weather conditions throughout British Columbia so you can stay safe when travelling over high mountain passes!