The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions Friday morning after a multi-vehicle crash north of Merritt.
The crash comes one day after Environment and Climate Change Canada posted warnings about snowfall on several B.C. highways.
Drive BC says there are spun out commercial vehicles about seven kilometres north of Merritt to six kilometres north of Hope.
There are no reports yet of injuries.
Social media users were posting posting photos early Friday morning showing snow in the Okanagan, Princeton, West Vancouver and at Cypress Mountain.
Don’t freak out Vancouver, but this is snow trying to fall at SFU on October 23rd, 2020… #ShareYourWeather #bcstorm @ensembleator @50ShadesofVan @NEWS1130Weather @JWagstaffe @MMadryga pic.twitter.com/kUaG6XEJpn
— Brad Atchison (@Brad604) October 23, 2020
— Jay Akerley (@jayakerley) October 23, 2020
Have woken up to a nice light coating of snow at the moment here in Kelowna BC. Still not sticking on sidewalks, roads, etc, but that’ll change when the snow picks up later this morning. ECCC suggesting 5-10 cm today & another 2-4 cm tonight. It is October 23rd, 2020… #BCStorm pic.twitter.com/nQfJbuDmWL
— Zach C. |🇨🇦 (@Zach_wx) October 23, 2020
Environment and Climate Change Canada posted several weather alerts early Thursday, saying there is an early season snowfall expected in some areas, including Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Precipitation combined with an Arctic air mass that is expected to land on the B.C. coast Friday morning will bring a risk of wet snow to neighbourhoods and roadways above 300 metres.
The snow could lead to treacherous conditions on the Sea to Sky and Coquihalla highways, and the agency said early Friday it expects 10 to 20 centimetres of snow in B.C.’s mountain passes before tapering off to snow.
On Friday morning, snowfall warnings were in effect for the 100 Mile, Chilcotin, East Kootenay, Fraser Canyon, Fraser Valley, Nicola, Okanagan Valley, Similkameen, and South Thompson regions of the province.
Snowfall Warnings and Special Weather Statements are in effect for most of southern B.C. Mountain passes will get the heaviest snow with 10-20 cm possible before tapering this evening.
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) October 23, 2020
The weather agency says the Arctic air will advance southward through the B.C. Interior. By Friday afternoon, the frigid air is expected to reach Kamloops and the east side of the Rockies.
Widespread snow is expected from the Chilcotin and 100 Mile House area to the Fraser Canyon and eastward to the Kootenays and parts of the Columbias, according to the special weather statement.
Snow may become mixed with rain over southern and eastern sections of the province. The agency is forecasting snowfall amounts of about five to 15 centimetres.
Temperatures of 10-degrees below seasonal normals are expected through the weekend.
The agency warns that weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.