Our newsroom abides by the RTDNA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and follows the Canadian Press Stylebook, Coquihalla Summit at 1:30 p.m Sunday October 11 (Image Credit: Drive BC), We Stand on Guard 2020: Stories of Courage and Sacrifice, VIDEO: Kamloops School of the Arts Remembrance Day video hits all the right notes, Kamloops couple hopes big RIH Foundation donation will inspire others to give back, Art of Gardening - Yard Preparation for Winter, Art of Gardening - Outdoor Planter Planning Pt 2, Kamloops band plans online Remembrance Day shows to support local Legion, GINTA: Lest we forget - Why the poppy is not a political statement. The expressway and freeway sections of the highway is known as Okanagan Connector or Coquihalla Connector. Snow is expected to begin falling late this afternoon, and taper off Monday morning. Calgary was blanketed with snow this morning, as were highways in B.C.’s Columbia and Kootenay regions as well. It bisects the Coquihalla Highway at Merritt. Snowfall warning issued for Connector, Coquihalla. Environment Canada also issued special weather statements for the Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon, Nicola, South Thompson and Okanagan regions. Highway 97C then travels 6 km (4 mi) west from Ashcroft to where it converges with Highway 1, which takes Highway 97C north for its final 5 km (3 mi) to its end at Highway 97 in Cache Creek. Highways 97C and 8 travel along Nicola Avenue through Merritt and share a 9 km (5.6 mi) concurrency to Lower Nicola, where Highway 8 continues west to Spences Bridge and Highway 97C diverges north. REMINDER – CLOSED – #BCHwy93s from junction with #BCHwy1 to Radium Hot Springs due to winter conditions. Highway 97C begins near Peachland, at a trumpet interchange on Highway 97 known as Drought Hill. Highway 97C is an east-west highway, forming part of an important link between the Lower … The road was formerly 120 km/h (75 mph). Warnings issued with weekend snowfall expected for Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector. https://t.co/UscqanI5yZ. The section of Highway 97C between Highway 5 and Highway 97 is a core route of the National Highway System. Highway 97C travels on this freeway 82 km (51 mi) northwest to Aspen Grove, where it converges with Highway 5A. Weather Forecast (from Environment Canada) ... Pennask Summit Hwy 97C (Okanagan Connector), about 74 km west of Kelowna, looking east. as bursts of heavy snow expected Tuesday, Assistance on the way to help Calgary dig out of snow. North of the Okanagan, Environment Canada says hazardous winter conditions are expected in the 100 Mile House and Chilcotin regions. Heavy snow is falling with 30 cm having already been reported, and that up to 15 cm of additional snow is expected today. Coquihalla Summit at 1:30 p.m Sunday October 11 (Image Credit: Drive BC) By Dylana Kneeshaw. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday. This stretch is a four-lane rural arterial highway. The Okanagan Connector from Merritt to Kelowna also has a snowfall warning in effect, with up to 15 cm possible over the Pennask, and Kootenay Pass summits. Highway 97C goes north for 42 km (26 mi) to Logan Lake, then northwest for 57 km (35 mi) to Ashcroft on the Canadian National Railway. Highway 97C is an east-west highway, forming part of an important link between the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan Valley south of Kelowna, which is the third largest metropolitan area in the province. This table lists the exits on Route 97C from east to west. "For Coquihalla Summit (Hope to Merritt): Up to 5cm of wet snow is possible overnight/early Monday morning. Another 5 to 10cm is possible Monday night," states the federal agency online. Please read our Commenting Policy first. Hwy 97C (Okanagan Connector), about 25 km east of Hwy 5A/97C Jct, looking west. highways today, including the Coquihalla Highway and the Okanagan Connector. All exits are unnumbered. We're expecting burst of heavy snow this afternoon over the #Coquihalla #BCHwy5 & the Okanagan Connector #BCHwy97C . Pictured is the Pennask Summit of the Okanagan Connector, which has a summit of 1,728 metres. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Kamloops, and Hope to Merritt. DriveBC Drivers are reminded to prepare with proper tires for the road conditions, and adjust their driving in areas with heavy snow and poor visibility. Want to discuss? When it was constructed, initial proposals had it designated as Highway 8; however, communities on the route preferred it designated as an auxiliary route of Highway 97, hence its Highway 97C designation.[3]. Prolonged periods of heavy and wet snow resulted in slippery driving conditions and reduced visibility at higher elevations. According to Environment Canada, 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is expected in the East Kootenays, with the total snowfall expected to be near 30 cm. Winter tire requirements went into effect yesterday, and, today, motorists travelling north and east of the Okanagan found out why. Brenda Mine - W The Coquihalla is a class A highway and maintained 24/7. Detour via #BCHwy1 and #BCHwy95. Just south of 100 Mile House is Begbie Summit, which has an elevation of 1,232 metres, approximately the same height as the old Coquihalla toll booth (1,244 metres). 1,244 m or 4,081 ft) is a highway summit along the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia, Canada. 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