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Dangerous driving: Significant snowfall expected over BC's southern Interior passes through Friday

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    Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 8:20 AM -

    Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of significant snowfall over BC's highway passes Wednesday night.

    A developing area of low pressure is forecast to approach the extreme south coast of BC Wednesday night, tracking into Washington state late on Thursday.

    "This system is expected to bring snow to the southern Interior mountain passes beginning tonight," EC says in their statement.

    Around 5 cm of snow is likely over most southern Interior passes Wednesday, with higher elevations of the Okanagan Connector receiving up to 10 cm.

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    "Snow is expected to continue on Thursday as the area of low pressure moves inland," EC adds. "Upwards of 5 cm are possible over the majority of passes except for Highway 3- Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass- where 10 to 20 cm are possible.

    As a result, motorists are urged to be prepared for winter driving conditions and adjust travel plans accordingly.

    The precipitation will fall as rain for areas along the coast, with between 30-50 mm possible for places like Vancouver, Tofino and Nanaimo through Thursday.

    Be sure to visit our Alerts page to keep on top of watches and warnings.

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