A first dump of snow for much of British Columbia last night is causing traffic havoc across the BC interior.
Many highways are reported to be covered in compact, slushy slow, with some indications they are closed altogether as crews sort out multiple vehicle incidents and attempt to clean up the more than 30 cm of snow that fell on mountain passes overnight.
Of note, according to DriveBC:
- A travel advisory is in effect for Hwy. 3 between Manning Park and Princeton, with snowfall and falling temperatures “contributing to challenging winter driving conditions”;
- Hwy. 97 north of Vernon is closed due to multiple vehicle incidents. An assessment is in progress, with no estimate on reopening;
- A commercial vehicle chain-up is in effect for Hwy. 3 near Paulson Bridge, east of Christina Lake
At one point, late yesterday evening, Hwy. 1, Hwy. 3, Hwy 5 and Hwy. 97C were all closed due to vehicle incidents and weather conditions. More snow is expected this morning on most major routes in southern BC.
East of Osoyoos, the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department dealt with a single-vehicle rollover on Hwy. 3 yesterday afternoon as wet conditions brought sleet and snow.
The department is urging caution as winter conditions persist on Anarchist Mountain.
Snow is also causing problems in the Lower Mainland, with most communities there reporting poor driving conditions
More snow is expected this morning in the South Okanagan, with skies clearing and cooler air moving into the region this afternoon and evening.
Expect a high of 1C today and -6C overnight. Saturday will bring more flurries and a high of -1C. It should warm up a little Sunday and Monday with a high 3C.