Brace for big dump of snow

UPDATE: 3:40 p.m.

Heavy snowfall is expected on B.C.'s mountain highways overnight.

Environment Canada has issued warnings and special weather statements for the Southern Interior, as snow is expected to start falling in the Southern Interior this afternoon.

As much as 30 centimetres is expected on Highway 3 from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass by Tuesday morning.

Ten to 15 cm is forecast for the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt, Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton, and sections of Highway 97 and 97C.

In other areas, 10 to 20 cm are expected for the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass. The South Peace River region could see 15 to 25 cm.

The Ministry of Transportation says road maintenance contractors are prepared and will fully deploy resources as needed to ensure public safety. 

ORIGINAL: 5:30 a.m.

Environment Canada has issued a special snowfall warning for the Okanagan connector and the Coquihalla as well as other southwestern interior highway passes.

A Pacific low-pressure system will track across southern B.C .today and move into Alberta overnight. With snow levels sitting between 1000 and 1200 metres, the southwestern Interior highway passes will see periods of snow today with amounts in the 10 to 15 cm range. The snow will taper off tonight or Tuesday morning as the low moves out of the area.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.

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