There is no Coquihalla snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada.

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(Updated: January 5th, 3:35pm) – No weather warnings are expected to be issued for the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) tonight.

Environment Canada meteorologist Trevor Smith told NowMedia that the standard for that type of warning is 15 centimeters of snow in 12 hours, but that is not expected tonight.

The survey comes after YRB Nicola, the highway route’s road maintenance contractor, announced it was implementing a “Coquihalla protocol” with 20 centimeters of rain expected overnight.

Mr Smith said 20cm could be seen in the 36 hours between this morning and Saturday night.

He added that Environment Canada sensors atop the mountain recorded seven centimeters of snow since 4 a.m. today.

A lot of snow won’t fall overnight, but that doesn’t mean motorists shouldn’t expect difficult driving conditions.

“It’s definitely going to be winter driving,” he told NowMedia. “Maybe the most Morse we’ve seen this year.”

Smith said another system is coming that could trigger highway warnings, and that arctic air next week will bring temperatures well below freezing and bring snow to the region next week.


(Original text: January 5th 2:45pm) – The Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) road maintenance contractor and Environment Canada appear to have different predictions.

YRB Nicola announced early this afternoon that a “Coquihalla Protocol” would be implemented at 3pm today due to up to 20cm of snow expected overnight.

“Please be aware of snow removal equipment and crews as you travel tonight,” the company said in a social media post.

But while snow plows appear to be preparing for the worst, Environment Canada has not issued any weather warnings for Highway 5.

In fact, the only highway warning currently in effect for Interior B.C. is Highway 3, which runs through the West Kootenays.

Environment Canada’s traveler forecast calls for snow, but no more than 20 cm of snow has fallen.

The National Weather Service said Highway 5 could see about 5 centimeters of snow today, another 2 to 4 centimeters overnight, and 5 to 10 centimeters on Saturday.

NowMedia has reached out to Environment Canada for comment and is awaiting a response.

Thumbnail photo provided by: YRB Nicola Ltd.

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