Coquihalla moving slowly

UPDATE: 3:14 p.m.

Northbound traffic has ground to halt on the Coquihalla Highway, heading up the hill from the Great Bear Snowshed.

While there is no official word from DriveBC yet, webcam images show a long line of traffic at the chain-up area, and flashing emergency lights near what may be an accident.

"Any idea why we are parked on Hwy 5 at the snow shed chain-up area?" asked Twitter user Aaron Amy.

UPDATE: 10:20 a.m.

Multiple weather warnings have now been issued for mountain passes surrounding the Okanagan.

Environment Canada says an intense frontal system moving over the province is bringing snowfall, heavy in some parts, to roadways, including much of the interior.

Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected to spread snow across much of the interior including the Trans-Canada Highway and Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass, snow is expected to become heavy this afternoon with amounts up to 20 cm expected before tapering off by early Wednesday morning.

ORIGINAL: 6:57 a.m.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt.

An intense Pacific frontal system is expected to spread snow, heavy at times, to the Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merrit today. Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 25 cm can be expected before the snow tapers off tonight.

You are advised to adjust your driving with changing road conditions and to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for taillights ahead and be prepared to stop.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions and check DriveBc and Castanet highway cameras before heading out on to the highways.

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