Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected for the Okanagan Connector. (File)

Travellers beware: Lots of snow coming for Okanagan exits

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says its “almost too late” to travel today

Snow is on the way and according to Environment Canada Meteorologist Doug Lundquist it’s not going to be a lot of fun, unless of course you are a winter enthusiast.

According to Environment Canada, snow is anticipated to begin this evening, with 10 cm of snow expected for Central Okanagan communities, Sicamous, and Grand Forks. The rest of the Okanagan should see snowfall accumulations near 5 cm.

“All of the high terrains around Kelowna will get heavy amounts of snow here over the next 48 hours,” said Lundquist.

The roads leaving the Okanagan are looking worse. On the Okanagan Connector, 15 to 25 cm of snow is expected and 30 to 60 cm is expected on the Coquihalla and parts of Roger’s Pass.

Lundquist said those with travel plans today need to leave “now” or risk some pretty shoddy conditions.

“No matter what direction you’re going, there’s something to be looking at,” he said.

“If people need to travel, it’s almost too late — they need to go right now. By the middle of the evening, the snow is going to start.”

Once the snow does start, Lundquist said drivers need to pay close attention to DriveBC to monitor road conditions. He added that the next break in the snow is likely to be Saturday afternoon, so it may be best to put off travel plans until later in the weekend.

Lundquist, also looking on the bright side of things, said this is great news for the ski hills.

“It’s like a dream come true for Big White, right?”

READ MORE: Environment Canada issues snowfall warning and highway alerts across Okanagan


@michaelrdrguez
michael.rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twit0ter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Okanagan whisky lottery adds new twists

Winners of Okanagan Spirits’ Laird of Fintry lottery announced in four batches beginning Sept. 28

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

Fuel Good Day pumps up Okanagan-Shuswap organizations

Thousands raised by annual Armstrong Regional Co-op fundraiser Sept. 15

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

United Way celebrates seven decades of impact in Southern Interior

Organization sees issues with poverty, mental health and addictions, heighten during the pandemic

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

Three arrested after Keremeos shooting that severely injured one man

The victim was transported by air ambulance to a regional hospital

Victoria-area RCMP locate high-risk sex offender thanks to help of taxi cab driver

Scott Jones wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, ‘a risk to women and girls,’ police say

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

UPDATE: One dead after motorcycle collision on Highway 97 near Peachland

The collision closed Highway 97 off-and-on throughout Sunday afternoon

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

West Kelowna Warriors complete sweep of Vernon Vipers

Warriors edge Snakes 2-1 as Okanagan Cup BCHL exhibition tournament begins

Most Read