Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. The site https://shiftintowinter.ca/ reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.
Hazardous winter conditions are expected.
Significant snowfall in addition to gusty winds are expected for the following routes tonight through Thursday.
Where: Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt, Trans-Canada Highway - Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass, and Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.
When: Tonight through Thursday.
Hazards: Heavy snow, gusty winds and reduced visibilities.
Remarks: A strong Pacific frontal system is pushing through the BC interior. Snowfall associated with the system will continue into Thursday. In addition, gusty southwest winds will develop this evening. Snowfall amounts will vary along the routes due to elevation but totals of 25 to 40 cm can be expected.
The heavy snowfall and gusty winds should begin to taper off late Thursday morning. However, accumulating snow may continue at Kootenay Pass into Thursday evening.
Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.
Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
Road conditions are available at https://www.drivebc.ca/.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.