Winter storm warning make for difficult Fraser Valley driving conditions

Freezing rain and compact snow causing trouble on highways into Vancouver and from Hope eastbound

With a winter storm warning in effect across the Fraser Valley, DriveBC is warning drivers of freezing rain heading into Vancouver and heavy snowfall on mountain highways.

Drivers headed into Vancouver from the Fraser Valley will experience compact snow, slippery sections, with freezing rain from Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.

From Hope eastbound, all major highways are seeing slippery, snowy conditions. Drive BC is warning of slippery sections in both directions on Highway 1 From Hope to Jackass Mountain.

Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton has compact snow with slippery sections, especially between Hope and Sumallo, Sumallo to Sunday Summit, and from Saturday Summit and the junction with Highway 5A all the way to Princeton.

Highway 5 has several warnings between Hope and Kamloops. DriveBC is warning drivers to expect compact snow with slippery sections and some icy sections.

The Coquihalla Highway and Highway 3 will see 25 to 30 centimetres of snow, according to a warning from Environment Canada this morning.

“Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve,” the warning said. “Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.”

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