Winter storm warnings issued for several B.C. highways

An overnight blast of snow in B.C. has prompted warnings for several major highways early Thursday.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has posted winter storm warnings for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt and Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton, saying hazardous winter conditions are expected.

The federal weather agency says a winter storm will move across the B.C. Interior Thursday, with up to 30 centimetres of snow expected in some areas by Friday morning.

The agency warns that weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Meantime, a snowfall warning is in effect for Howe Sound and the Sea to Sky Highway, with up to 20 centimetres of snow expected.

A cold front crossing the BC South Coast will continue to produce heavy snow over the Sea to Sky Highway from Squamish to Whistler this morning, the agency said, in the warning posted early Thursday.

Additional snowfall accumulations of five to 10 centimetres are expected before the heavy snow eases to scattered flurries later Thursday.

A similar alert has also been posted for Highway 3 from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, where up to 20 centimetres of snow is expected by Thursday night.

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