Motorists headed out onto the Coquihalla are not only being warned of intense winter weather but also major traffic delays.
Vehicles are backed up near the Portia Interchange due to a heavy volume of traffic.
More than 20 cm of snow is expected on the Coquihalla with a risk of freezing rain near Hope. Wind is also expected to increase in the afternoon to gusts of 15 km an hour.
The snow will taper off Thursday evening; however Environment Canada is expecting the white stuff to fall again on Friday around noon — up to 15 cm is anticipated.
VSA BC Highway Maintenance has implemented the snowshed protocol for the Coquihalla.