Just when we thought it was safe to start thinking shorts and T-shirts, winter is pulling us back in.

Environment Canada has issued warnings and special weather statements for the Southern Interior, as heavy snowfall is expected on many British Columbia highways within the next 24 hours.

Snow is expected to start falling in the Southern Interior this afternoon, with as much as 30 centimetres expected on Hwy. 3 from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass by tomorrow morning.

Ten to 15 centimetres of snow are forecast for the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt, Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton, and sections of Hwy. 97 and 97C.

In other areas, 10 to 20 centimetres are expected for the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass. The South Peace River region could see 15 to 25 centimetres.

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