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Ouch! Expect snow at higher elevations on Highway 3

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass. — Screenshot photo

In June?

You’ve got to be kidding.

But anyone driving highway passes in the Southern Interior should be prepared for SNOW!

Environment Canada said drivers can expect late season snow over highway passes overnight through Friday morning

“A cold upper trough moving through British Columbia will give some late season flurries to the mountain passes and northern British Columbia overnight and Friday morning,” Environment Canada said.

“Flurries are expected above 1300-1500m elevation, however flurries could briefly descend lower during periods of intense flurry activity.”

Environment Canada said most southern highway passes are forecast to receive about 2 to 5 cm of wet snow overnight through Friday morning with a locally higher amount up to 10 cm possible over the Okanagan Connector.

Over northern BC, the Alaska Highway (Highway 97) from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the Liard River can also expect flurries overnight.

Precipitation will change back to rain on Friday as the airmass begins to warm.

Motorists and those venturing outdoors are encouraged to be prepared for winter-like conditions.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.

And to think, the most recent month of May was one of the third driest on record.