Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the southern Interior highway passes with the warning of possible snow this afternoon until tomorrow, Oct. 24.

The agency said in the statement that a slow-moving arctic front will bring lowering freezing levels and the first snow of the season to the southern Interior highway passes.

Over the Coquihalla Highway, between Merritt and Kamloops, snow will begin this afternoon and continue through this evening.

“Due to the convective nature of the snow, it can be heavy at times and five to 10 centimetres is possible,” the statement reads.

Environment Canada adds that over the other highway passes, such as the Okanagan Connector – from Merritt to Kelowna – and between Merritt and Hope, a few centimetres of snow are expected from tonight to Tuesday, Oct. 24.

The federal forecaster reminded drivers that the weather in the mountains can change abruptly, resulting in hazardous driving conditions.