Anyone traveling through British Columbia by road is being warned about heavy snowfall expected for the southern B.C. Interior for the next 48 hours.
Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning starting today (December 19) for the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) from Hope to Merritt. An estimated 30 to 60 centimetres (12 to 24 inches) are expected by this afternoon.
Other affected areas include the Okanagan Connector from Merritt to Kelowna, Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass, and the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.
Snow plows will be out in full force, and advice has been issued on driving near them.
Winter-tire regulations are in effect, and drivers are advised to wear outdoor winter clothing, a full tank of gas, and an emergency kit.
On December 16, a 52-year-old B.C. man died in a collision on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke amid snow flurries. On the same day, Squamish and Whistler RCMP warned drivers to slow down amid wintry conditions after having to respond to numerous vehicle incidents, with speed being the primary contributing factor.