Early spring storm dumps snow on BC's Highway 97C, prompting travel advisory
A snowstorm making for treacherous road conditions on Highway 97C in this traffic cam footage (Drive BC)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:47AM PDT
WEST KELOWNA, B.C. - An intense, early spring snowstorm made travel treacherous on Highway 97C, the Okanagan Connector late Wednesday.
Conditions were so extreme that Kelowna Regional RCMP urged drivers to stay off the highway or consider another route.
Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says one truck jack-knifed near the Pennask Summit, blocking the westbound lanes west of Peachland, and other truck got stuck in the snowy, slushy conditions.
Police were not aware of any injuries caused in the crashes.
DriveBC lists conditions on Highway 97C as slushy and slippery with sections of compact snow at the highest elevations.
Highway 97C is one of many in the southern Interior and northern B.C., where snow tires are mandatory until April 30, one month longer than regulations covering most other highways.