Snowfall blanketing B.C. highways, from Vancouver Island to Kootenays

With snowfall warnings stretching from Vancouver Island to the Kootenays, motorists are being urged to drive carefully on B.C.’s highways.

The amount of snowfall varies per region, but both Environment Canada and DriveBC are urging drivers to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Environment Canada added that highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

DriveBC has issued several warnings. For the latest conditions, visit DriveBC.

On Vancouver Island, 15 to 25 centimetres are expected for the Malahat Highway.

Road conditions near Ladysmith on Vancouver Island on Tuesday morning.

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“A second low-pressure centre in as many days is giving more snow to the South Coast today,” said Environment Canada on Tuesday. “This second disturbance off southwest Vancouver Island is spreading snow to virtually the entire South Coast this morning.

“Further accumulations of 5 to 10 cm can be expected in most areas. The snowfall will gradually taper off this afternoon into the early evening as low centre weakens.”

That warning includes Victoria, the Lower Mainland and Howe Sound (Whistler, Squamish). For Howe Sound, there is also a wind warning, with gusts up to 90 km/h, though winds are expected to ease by noon, and an arctic outflow warning, with windchill temperatures expected around -20 C.

Road conditions on Highway 1 at 176th Street on Tuesday morning.

For the Lower Mainland, 10 to 15 cm is expected for Surrey, Langley, Richmond and Delta, though 15 to 25 cm is expected for Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope.

Heading inland, light snow is expected for the Okanagan, between three and seven centimetres on Tuesday.

Road conditions at the Pennask Summit of the Okanagan Connector on Tuesday morning.

For the Kootenays, Environment Canada says heavy snow has developed over the region on Tuesday morning, with amounts varying between five and 15 cm. Snow is expected to continue through the day before easing in the evening, with another 10 cm possible throughout the afternoon and early Tuesday evening.

For the latest Environment Canada weather warnings for B.C., click here.

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