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Winter tires now a requirement on some highways around BC

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Starting today, you’ll need winter tires if you’re driving on certain highways around the province.

It’s still sunny and warm down here, but Bob Gilowski with VSA Highway Maintenance says it’s not uncommon to see snow on the Coquihalla this time of year.

“People should be prepared for the unexpected and anticipate that winter storms could occur any time of the year, especially now as we get closer into winter.”

You could face a fine of at least $120 if you don’t have the proper tires.

Winter tires are required on mountain passes until March 31st.

A record amount of snow fell on the Coquihalla last Februray, measuring just over 300 centimetres. The previous record for that month was around 220 centimetres.