Heavy snow forces closure of Trans-Canada east of Revelstoke

Environment Canada issued winter storm warnings for most major passes in the Interior, including the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, where total snowfall of up to 35 centimetres is possible by Friday morning

Travellers using mountain passes around southern and southeastern B.C. are facing lengthy highway closures and challenging conditions, with travel not recommended in some areas as heavy snow blankets many routes.

On Thursday, Environment Canada issued winter storm warnings for most major passes in the Interior, including the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, where total snowfall of up to 35 centimetres is possible by Friday morning.

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Drive BC, the province's online travel information system, said Highway 1 between Revelstoke and Golden is closed until at least 8 p.m. Thursday for avalanche control and no detour is available.

The weather office also warned of hazardous conditions on the Squamish to Whistler section of the Sea-to-Sky Highway as between 15 to 25 centimetres of snow is forecast through the day.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 6 C in Kamloops on Thursday and Friday, with a high of 7 C on Saturday. There is a 30 per cent chance of showers on Thursday night and more precipitation is expected on Saturday and Sunday.

Rainfall warnings are posted on Thursday for Metro Vancouver and many other areas of the south coast, while eastern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast will continue to be buffeted by winds reaching 70 km/h.

As much as 100 millimetres of rain is forecast for parts of Vancouver Island and Environment Canada has warned heavy downpours can cause flash flooding or water pooling on roads.

The agency said the latest weather system should ease as the front passes late Thursday.

— with files from Canadian Press

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