Drivers are advised to prepare for more winter weather conditions and possible delays when travelling to and from the Interior for the remainder of the week.

After a mild start to the season, winter has arrived and heavy snowfall is expected later today, Thursday and Friday.

Environment Canada has issued a travel advisory for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, as up to 30 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in the region by end of day today.

Independent forecasters suggest that could be followed by waves of heavy snowfall that continue through Friday. This follows a previous weather system that delivered approximately 25 centimetres of snow earlier this week.

On Hwy. 3, between Princeton and Hope between 5 and 10 cm is expected today with snow changing to a rain showers in the afternoon Thursday. N\More snow is expected Thursday evening as the temperature cools.

Snow is also forecast for Hwy. 3 east of Osoyoos and Hwy. 1 east of Sicamous.

On the Coquihalla, a mandatory chain-up is in effect for commercial vehicle operators.

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

Winter tire regulations are in effect and people travelling on highways in the southern Interior and North must equip 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.

For tips on planning ahead during winter driving conditions, visit shiftintowinter.ca.

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