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Motorists warned of snowfall forecast for British Columbia's mountain passes this weekend – DiscoverAirdrie.com

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For those planning to travel to neighboring British Columbia this Victoria Day long weekend, Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a special weather statement Thursday morning due to possible snowfall.

The warning is in effect for the Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector, Allison Pass, Kootenay Pass, Begbie Summit and Rogers Pass.

Snow is forecast to fall overnight Thursday into Friday morning and possibly early Saturday morning, with accumulations of two to five centimeters.

“Transportation routes can be affected. Travelers should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. The weather in the mountains can change suddenly, which can lead to dangerous driving conditions.”

Forecasts indicate a higher low will bring cool air masses to higher elevations in interior B.C. this evening and into this long weekend. Colder air and precipitation means mountain passes can expect a layer of snow overnight on Thursday and possibly overnight on Friday.

Snow is expected above 1,000 meters for Allison Pass, Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector and Begbie Summit. Snow is expected above 1,300 meters at Rogers and Kootenay Pass.

While no similar warnings have been issued for the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, the weather over the long weekend could be cooler and rainy. The local weather forecast for Airdrie is predicting very gusty winds and a few showers on Friday. In the evening the temperatures drop to minus 5 degrees. Saturday looks to be warmer with no rain forecast, while Sunday evening there is a chance of showers and three degrees Celsius overnight.

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