Update 8 a.m. - The travel advisory due to heavy snow on the Coquihalla has been rescinded.
As much as 65cm (26 inches) of snow could fall on the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt by Wednesday morning.
A special weather advisory was issued by DriveBC Tuesday afternoon warning motorists of the potential for heavy accumulations of snow on the highway between Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon.
"Travellers are advised to consider alternate plans, but if travel is necessary then please exercise caution," states the DriveBC advisory.
According to a 'Special Weather Statement' issued by Environment Canada at noon Tuesday, indicated snow has already begun falling over higher mountain passes with accumulations in some regions of 5cm.
The Environment Canada statement goes on to say:
The snow will continue today through tonight with the heaviest accumulations expected to occur over the Coquihalla Highway, where up to 65 cm of total snowfall is possible by Wednesday morning.
Heavy snowfall is also expected over several other mountain passes, including:
- Trans Canada Highway - Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass
- Highway 3 - Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass
- Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass
Highway 97 - Pine Pass.