Winter storm watch issued for Coquihalla, Okanagan Connector

An intense winter storm is expected to hit the southern interior mountain passes on Saturday evening, prompting an Environment Canada travel warning.

“A powerful Pacific frontal system is expected to move into the southern interior Saturday evening, bringing snow and high winds,” the national weather agency said in a statement.

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“The snow will be heaviest on Saturday evening, especially for the coastal passes where accumulations of more than 20 centimeters are likely. Southwesterly winds gusting to 60 kilometers per hour will also create poor visibility in the blowing snow.

Areas affected are Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass, Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt and Merritt to Kamloops, and the Okanagan Connector from Merritt to Kelowna.

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Environment Canada added that travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations.

In the lower regions of the southern interior, the weather should be mild. The last weekend of November will see mostly cloudy skies with occasional showers and showers.

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