Snow alerts in effect on some B.C. highways for Mother’s Day weekend

Special weather statements are in effect for high altitude travel routes including the Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector, Hope-Princeton Highway and Highway 3 from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

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If you’re traveling on some of BC’s highways this Mother’s Day weekend, you might want to check travel advisories before you go as there could be snow.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued special weather statements for high altitude travel routes including the Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector, Hope-Princeton Highway and Highway 3 from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

The federal weather agency says snow levels will remain at or below mountain pass levels in southern British Columbia over the weekend, while rain drenches the interior region.

Snow on the road passes is expected to be generally light, the agency said, but it warned Kootenay Pass may receive more than 15 centimeters of snow Saturday night through Sunday.

The agency says drivers should be prepared for changing travel conditions, as the weather in the mountains can change suddenly, leading to dangerous driving conditions.

The Weather Network talks about some of the coastal mountains of British Columbia. as Whistler Blackcomb could see up to 30 centimeters of snow this weekend, which is an unusual amount in May.

Lower freezing levels will turn much of that precipitation to snow at higher elevations, leading to cumulative totals of 15 to 30 centimeters by the end of this weekend, the network said, with most accumulated snow falling at the alpine level and the peaks.

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