Snow to slow travel on some interior highways

It’s a bit early but winter has arrived on interior highways.

Motorists should expect delays and winter conditions if they plan to travel on some mountain highways as heavy snowfall has hit the region, the province reported this morning.

A travel advisory is in effect for the Revelstoke to Golden section of Hwy. 1, which is expected to get up to 15 cm of snow over the next 24 hours.

Additionally, highways 5 and 97C could receive up to 10 centimetres of snow overnight, along with short squalls causing poor visibility tomorrow.

“Ministry (of Transportation) staff and maintenance contractors have snow plows out in full force and will continue to monitor weather reports to maintain the safest driving conditions possible,” a release from the province reads.

Drivers are reminded to slow down, drive to conditions and check and @DriveBC on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

Winter tire regulations went into effect yesterday. People travelling on highways in the Southern Interior and North must equip their vehicles with winter tires with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres.

For mountain passes and rural highways, mountain/snowflake tires offer the best traction in winter driving conditions, while M+S tires are appropriate for most south coast highways.


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