Snow forecast to fly on Coquihalla Highway

There was searing heat and choking smoke and, just like that, the snow is arriving.

For those travelling to the Lower Mainland this weekend, a trip to the tire shop may be a good idea as the Coquihalla Highway is expected to get a healthy dump of snow.

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While autumn does not officially arrive for another week, and while winter tires are not legally required on the highway until Oct. 1, the switch in weather from summer to fall has been sudden.

A cold front crossing the South Thompson has led to a drop in freezing levels, prompting Environment Canada to call for up to two centimetres to fall on the Coquihalla between Kamloops and Merritt on Thursday.

Another two centimetres of snow is possible on Friday, with the stretch of the Coquihalla between Merritt and Hope expected to receive up to 13 centimetres of the white stuff on Saturday night, following by another four centimetres on Sunday.

Last year at this time, Kamloops was basking in sunshine and temperatures in the low 20s.

Updated road conditions are available online at

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