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Early spring storm dumps snow on B.C.'s Highway 97C, prompting travel advisory

The Okanagan Connector at the Pennask Summit on April 11, 2019. (Source: Drive BC)

WEST KELOWNA – An intense, early spring snowstorm made travel treacherous on Highway 97C, the Okanagan Connector late Thursday.

Conditions were so extreme that Kelowna Regional RCMP urged drivers to stay off the highway or consider another route.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says one truck jack-knifed near the Pennask Summit, blocking the westbound lanes west of Peachland, and other truck got stuck in the snowy, slushy conditions.
Police were not aware of any injuries caused in the crashes.

DriveBC lists conditions on Highway 97C as slushy and slippery with sections of compact snow at the highest elevations.

Highway 97C is one of many in the southern Interior and northern B.C., where snow tires are mandatory until April 30, one month longer than regulations covering most other highways.