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Wintery conditions on highways outside the Lower Mainland

Last Updated Nov 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm PST

Wintery conditions on Highway 97C (Nov 2, 2017) (Source: Drive BC)
Summary

Anywhere from 15 to 30 cm of snow expected on the Coquihalla, Okanagan Connector, Sea to Sky

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It may still be fall, but it looks and feels like winter on the highways heading out of the Lower Mainland.

A snowfall warning was previously in effect, with anywhere from 15 to 30 centimetres forecast for today and tonight on the Coquihalla, the Okanagan Connector, and the Sea to Sky.

Bob Gilowski with VSA Highway Maintenance says crews are prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings. “At this point in time, we are into our winter shifts, so our crews are out on the highways 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Gilowski is urging drivers to be cautious around snow removal equipment on highways. “Stay back; let the operators inside those vehicles do their work.”

“By now, being the beginning of November, the winter tire and the chain-up requirement has been on for just over a month. Drivers need to be aware that they will encounter winter driving conditions as they commute through the high mountain passes,” he adds.

He recommends checking conditions on Drive BC before you head out. “Plan for extra time and always maintain your vehicle at a speed that allows you control 100 per cent of the time.”

A couple of centimetres of snow are expected to fall in parts of the Fraser Valley today and on higher elevations like Burnaby Mountain. But none is expected closer to sea level.

The Coquihalla Highway at Mine Creek (Nov 2, 2017) (Source: Drive BC)