Yellowhead Road and Bridge said a weather system is expected to hit both Hwy. 5 and Hwy. 97C Friday evening through Saturday morning.

The heaviest snowfall is expected for the Coquihalla Summit southbound from Merritt to the Snowshed Hill. Approximately 3-6cm is expected by 6p.m. Friday, while 15-30 additional cm is expected between then and Saturday morning.

Northbound on Hwy. 5 from Merritt to Lac Le Jeune is also expected to receive snowfall, with YRB anticipating 2-5cm this evening.

On the Okanagan Connector, 4-8cm is expected this evening after 6p.m.

Snowfall will be focussed South of Merritt, so please drive to conditions. Plow trucks will be out removing snow and restoring traction as well as putting out chemicals to help prevent icy conditions. When flashing lights are on, our trucks are in “Winter Work Mode” and require extra room to perform their necessary duties. Remember to never pass a plow truck on the right and road conditions in front of the plow truck will be worse than behind it.

Before any travel, make sure to check for the most current road conditions.