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B.C. winter storm hits Interior, Fraser Valley

01/04/2015 02:47 EST | Updated 03/06/2015 05:59 EST
The first major winter storm forecast for 2015 brought mainly rain to Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver, but is bringing significant snowfall to other parts of B.C.including the Fraser Valley.

Rain turned to snow in many parts of the Fraser Valley late Sunday morning and storm warnings are still in effect for the B.C. Interior and along the Sea to Sky Highway where 10 to 15 cm of snow is still in the forecast.

Most coastal areas are still forecast to receive some snow at higher elevations, but it's the Interior which is expected to bear the brunt of the storm.

However, with temperatures hovering near zero or just below, it's slippery everywhere including many of the eastern sections of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley where a number of accidents are being reported due to icy conditions.

In Surrey, a car slid into a tree trapping a man inside his vehicle around 11 a.m. PT. Other weather related accidents included rollovers in Maple Ridge, Kamloops and Revelstoke and a pedestrian struck in Chilliwack.

Snow, at times heavy, is forecast for the Fraser Canyon with 5 to 10 cm today, and 10 to 15 cm of snow tonight.

Environment Canada advises the mountain passes including the Coquihalla Highway can expect up to 30 cm of snow by tonight.

In the Okanagan where snow has been falling all day the forecast calls for 10 cm of snow, and between 20 to 30 cm of snow tonight.

Similar amounts of snow are forecast for rest of the Southwest and Southeast Interior including the Kootenays.

Environment Canada recommends postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

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