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Weather Warnings, Travel Advisories Issued In B.C.

01/21/2012 02:30 EST | Updated 03/22/2012 05:12 EDT
AP

Harsh weather conditions throughout B.C. are wreaking havoc on the roads, and have much of the province under advisories.

On the South Coast, a wind warning has been issued for the Howe Sound area and the Fraser Valley, with Environment Canada warning people in both areas to "be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions."

In southeastern B.C., a winter storm warning has been issued in the Kootenay Lake, Arrow Lakes, West Columbia, North Columbia, Kinbasket and Elk Valley regions.

Environment Canada warns "dangerous winter weather conditions are expected or occurring in these regions ... snow at times heavy will continue over portions of the Columbia and Kootenay regions where an additional 10 to 15 centimetres is expected through the day. There is also the risk of freezing rain for regions near the U.S. border today."

A snow fall warning has been issued for Prince George, with up to 10 centimetres expected to fall Saturday.

In northern B.C., a snowfall warning has been issued for Haines Road from Haines Junction to Pleasant Camp. Environment Canada is warning up to 20 centimetres could fall by Sunday.

On the roads, travel advisories are in place for:

- Highway 1 from Craigellachie to Golden due to a winter storm warning.

- Highway 3 from Yakh to the Alberta border due to heavy snow.

- Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston because of snowfall and freezing rain.

- Highway 5 from Exit 202 to the Coquihalla Summit due to compact ice.

- Highway 37 from Kitwanga to Cranberry River due to blowing snow.

- Highway 37A from the B.C.-Alaska border to the junction with Highway 37 because of blowing snow.

Travellers are advised to be prepared for winter driving conditions, use extreme caution and allow for additional travel time.

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