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Winter storm warning for the Coquihalla

FILE: Screenshot of Coquihalla Lakes highway camera. in December, 2018. (BC Highways Cams)

HOPE (NEWS 1130) – A winter storm warning is in effect for the Coquihalla, with up to 50 centimetres of snow expected to fall over the next two days.

People planning to drive between Merritt and Hope are being asked to plan accordingly.

“Upslope winds will continue to push moisture up into the higher elevations over the Coquihalla and the Hope-Princeton too. That means another round of snow expected into the evening and overnight,” meteorologist Michael Kuss said.

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Environment Canada is warning drivers to be cautious.

“So far today they picked up 23 centimetres and we’re expecting another 15 to 25. It’s going to be pretty wet at the summit but nonetheless, very slippery travel conditions form Hope into Merrit,” said Matt MacDonald with Environment Canada.

If you can put off your driving until Wednesday afternoon, MacDonald said conditions are expected to improve.