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Coquihalla, Connector hit with snow Wednesday night

It’s still technically summer, but travellers in the BC Interior were reminded Wednesday night of how quickly winter can arrive in Canada.

For the second straight evening, both the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) and the Okanagan Connector (Hwy 97C) were hit with snow as the sun set and temperatures dipped.

Around 8 pm, the DriveBC Twitter account shared a photo from the Mine Creek webcam that showed snow falling on Hwy 5.

It was just a dusting for the Coquihalla, but the Connector was hit much harder by the inclement weather.

After a brief dusting of snow in the afternoon, it cleared up for a short time before the snow started falling once again around 6 pm.

By 7 pm, Hwy 97C was covered with snow and the webcams painted a scene straight out of December.

<who>Photo Credit: DriveBC</who>The Elkhart webcam on Hwy 97C around 7 pm Wednesday.

It settled in overnight and even though snow on the road had cleared from traffic, the sides of the highway were still white as the sun rose today.

The highways will likely continue to see some snow over the weekend due to cooler overnight temperatures that bring the snow level down.

As it starts to warm up next week, the highway should stay clear, but the September snow is a gentle reminder that winter highway driving conditions are right around the corner.

You will need winter tires on your vehicle to legally drive Hwy 5 and Hwy 97C starting Oct. 1.

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