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Winter in June? Alert posted for snow on some B.C. highways


Snow is expected Friday at higher elevations on several B.C. highways A weather alert is in effect.


It’s nearly summer solstice, but in B.C. there’s still snow falling in some parts of the province.

Environment and Climate Change Canada posted a special weather statement early Friday, saying late-season snow is expected over some highway passes in the morning.

The federal weather agency says a cold upper trough moving through B.C. will bring flurries to the Coquihalla, the Okanagan Connector, and on some parts of Highway 3, the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass, Highway 97, and the Yellowhead Highway.

Flurries are expected above 1,300 to 1,500-metre elevations, however the agency says snow could go lower during periods of intense flurry activity.

Most southern highway passes are forecast to receive about two to five centimetres of wet snow, the agency said, with up to 10 centimetres possible over the Okanagan Connector.

In Northern B.C., the Alaska Highway (Highway 97) from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the Liard River can also expect flurries, the agency said.

Meteorologists say precipitation will change back to rain near noon as the air begins to warm.

Motorists and those venturing outdoors are encouraged to be prepared for winter-like conditions.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

ticrawford@postmedia.com


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