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Sunny and freezing on hwys

UPDATE: 12:30 p.m.

While temperatures are below freezing on the higher-elevation mountain passes Saturday, there isn't much risk of black ice at this time. 

Cindy Yu, meteorologist with Environment Canada, says black ice generally requires rain to fall, followed by a deep freeze, which hasn't been the case. Conditions may still be slippery up there though. 

“Depending on how they cleared it, there shouldn't be any precipitation or snow left on the road, then there's not too big of an issue at the summit level," Yu said.

"If it hasn't been cleared out and it does become more compact during the day then it could be a little slippery.”

Webcams appear to show some compact snow on the higher elevation parts of the Okanagan Connector. 

More snow is expected to fall on the Coquihalla and Connector Saturday night and into Sunday. 


ORIGINAL: 11:45 a.m.

After a windy and snowy night on the Coquihalla, the skies are clear above the Interior's mountain passes, for now.

About six centimetres of snow fell on the Coquihalla overnight, while strong winds caused visibility issues for drivers.

Saturday morning, webcams show blue skies above both the Coquihalla and the Okanagan Connector highways, but temperatures remains below freezing at higher elevations.

At the Pennask Summit on the Connector, the air temperature is currently -5.3 C, while the road temperature sits at -6 C, making for possibly icy conditions.

The Coquihalla summit is a bit warmer, currently sitting at -2 C.

Snow is expected to begin falling on both highways later tonight, with two to four centimetres in the forecast and additional snow Sunday.



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