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Coquihalla expected to dry out over weekend after overnight snowstorm

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

It looks like the worst is over after the Coquihalla sees about 24 centimeters of snow overnight

Conditions should be drier over the weekend after snowfall came earlier than expected.

HOPE (NEWS 1130) — Good news if you have plans to drive the Coquihalla this weekend: it looks like the worst is over.

About 24 centimeters hit the highway overnight and into this morning – previously expected to hit over this coming weekend — and it doesn’t look like there is much more snow on the way.

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Bob Gilowski with VSA Highway Maintenance, the company that looks after that stretch, says they are expecting a drying trend over the next few days now that the storm has made its way through the area.

“We’re expecting things to generally start to dry out. We might see a few stray flurries into tomorrow and into Friday, but typically a drying trend into the early parts of next week,” he says.

The moisture that came with the snow could lead to seeing patches of black ice on the highway, but crews would have been out this morning working to prevent that from developing.

Even so, he’s reminding drivers to be prepared for winter driving.

“Give yourself extra time so you’re not rushing. Expect that you are going to definitely encounter winter driving conditions, and arrive at your destination safely,” he says.

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– With files from Toby Kerr