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Freezing rain, poor road conditions forecast for many areas of BC

Last Updated Jan 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm PDT

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Another band of freezing rain covers parts of BC

Drivers warned to hit the highway only if they need to as bad weather hits BC

HOWE SOUND (NEWS 1130) – Freezing rain is again spreading across numerous parts of BC and it’s expected to cause dangerous driving conditions for the weekend.

Environment Canada has issued freezing rain warnings for the regions of Howe Sound, Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Peace, Fort Nelson, the Kootenays and several other locations.

An earlier freezing rain warning for Whistler to Squamish was cancelled Thursday afternoon.

The Coquihalla Highway between Hope to Merritt and Highway 3 between Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass is expected to get some ice build-up as another band of rain spreads through the Interior.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Slow down driving in slippery conditions. Watch for taillights ahead and maintain a safe following distance. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve,” says the agency in a statement.

The forecast says conditions are expected to improve by Saturday, although the rain may transition into flurries in some areas.

The Ministry of Transportation has issued travel advisories for a number of highways and warns drivers to prepare for changing conditions and to plan alternative routes.

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