Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning, signifying the first snow of the season on many elevated mountain passes despite the ongoing drought and unusually warm weather.

Road users are warned to expect snowfall on the Okanagan Connector between Merritt and Kelowna, the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Hope, and Highway 3 via Allison Pass from Hope to Princeton. The snow is expected to begin in the afternoon of Friday, October 21, and last until until Saturday. Drivers are reminded to adjust their driving in accordance with the changing road conditions. Practicing a safe following distance and turning on headlights can decrease the chances of an accident. Most highways in the Southern Interior require winter tires or chains by October 1.

“The shift to fall weather is finally happening later this week. As a colder airmass arrives with a Pacific weather system on Friday, periods of snow will likely give some accumulations from Friday afternoon to Saturday over the elevated highway passes. Please stay tuned to weather alert updates and B.C. Travellers Forecast,” said the statement by Environment Canada.

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