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Highway 3, Summerland, Penticton under snowfall warning

Environment Canada says 15 centimetres of snow is expected from noon Saturday into the night
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Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass is under a snowfall warning Saturday, March 2, 2024. (DriveBC photo)

Snow is expected in the South Okanagan Saturday and Environment Canada is warning of poor driving conditions, including on the Highway 3 Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Arrow Lakes—Slocan, West Kootenay, and the Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass. The weather alert, which came shortly before noon March 2, is also in effect for Penticton and Summerland.

About 15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall starting now and continuing into the night.

“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” Environment Canada said. “Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.”

The weather agency says an area of low pressure over the southern Interior is bringing in bands of heavy snow to the region, adding that about 15 centimetres can be expected before the snow tapers off to a few flurries overnight.

Drivers are urged to prepare for quickly deteriorating travel conditions. Go to shiftintowinter.ca for reminders before travelling.

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Brendan Shykora

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I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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