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Holiday motorists traveling tonight will want to use caution on the highways as a weather system to pass by the region tonight and into the evening hours.

Andrew Stewart of Yellowhead Road and Bridge (YRB) says these conditions should break up around midnight tonight. The snow levels will remain rather high and affect the higher elevation routes being Highway 97C towards the Pennask Summit and Hwy 5 towards the snowshed hill. Stewart added the snow will be wet and slushy and advised motorists to drive to road conditions.

The areas affected are: 

  • Highway 5 South from Merritt to the Snow Shed Hill – Anticipated accumulations of 3-6cm tonight. 
  • Highway 97C – Okanagan Connector – Potential accumulations of 15cm tonight. 
  • Highway 5 North from Merritt to Lac Le Jeune - Anticipated accumulations of 2cm. 

Stewart said motorists should be prepared to see YRB forces on the highways tonight.

" Our plow trucks will be out removing snow and restoring traction as well as putting out chemicals to help prevent icy conditions," he noted. " When flashing lights are on, our trucks are in “Winter Work Mode” and require extra room to perform their necessary duties."

He cautioned travelers to never pass a plow truck on the right and keep in mind that road conditions in front of the plow truck will be worse than behind it.

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