Southern Interior mountain passes to get heavy snow overnight

Snowfall warning on hwys

UPDATE: 4:05 p.m.

Environment Canada has extended a snowfall warning for much of the Southern Interior.

Total amounts of about 20 centimetres are expected as snow over southern highway passes will re-intensify this evening.

The warning covers the Coquihalla Highway, from Hope to Merritt, and Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Additional accumulations of 5-10 cm can be expected tonight.

The heavy snow will ease in intensity early Friday morning.

ORIGINAL: 9:40 a.m.

That white stuff is falling from the sky again, so that means road conditions won't be ideal. Here's a look at highway conditions across the Okanagan and area.

Highway 1

A collision on Highway 1 east of Salmon Arm has been cleared after traffic was reduced to a single lane.

The rest of the highway is looking pretty snow-covered to the east, from Sicamous to Revelstoke. There is sand on the roads, but there is still quite a bit of snow. After Sicamous, the roads look clear for the most part through to Kamloops.

Highway 97A

The highway from Vernon to Sicamous looks fairly clear, but wet. Since the temperature is hovering around the freezing mark, drive with caution since that water can turn to ice fairly quickly.

Highway 97

Highway 97 is also looking clear but wet, with a bit of snow build-up in Falkland. It's looking clear in Lake Country and Kelowna, and all the way down past Peachland.

There is what appears to be a truck or camper of some kind that has slid off the road on to the hill beside the highway. Keep an eye out for that if you're passing through, in case it starts to slide some more.

The Highway 3A junction in Kaleden is also looking good, but it also has some water concentration.

If you have a tip on road conditions or a collision, send us an email at [email protected].

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