'White knuckle drive'

A video posted by Twitter user @ShannonMcKenney shows treacherous conditions on Highway 1 just outside Hope, B.C.

According to Environment Canada, the brunt of this winter storm is expected to hit the Okanagan overnight.  A snowfall warning remains in effect for the south, central and north Okanagan.

As much as 25 centimetres could accumulate by morning. Travellers using the major highways in and out of the Okanagan are being urged to use extreme caution and drive for the conditions. The province issued a travel advisory for the mountain passes.

In an email to Castanet, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure stated that it is taking extra precautions during this extreme winter weather. 

"The safety of our highways is the ministry’s number one priority ... with crews being on shift 24 hours per day."

The e-mail went on to state: "The main highways are the first priority, followed by secondary routes – school bus and main collectors.

The ministry’s contractor in the Vernon area, JPW, will be out with all available equipment, including snowplows and graders, to respond to changing weather conditions.

A travel advisory is in effect for the main highways in and out of the Okanagan due to heavy snowfall and wind.  

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