Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for the Shuswap and North Thompson, in addition to warnings in effect for the Nicola, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon, Okanagan and Arrow Lakes.
Several #FreezingRain alerts in effect over the southern half of the province. MOTORISTS: Pls use extreme caution if driving the Interior highways including #BCHwy5 #Coquihalla #BCHwy5a #BCHwy1#BCHwy97c #BCHwy97 #DriveBC #KnowBeforeYouGo https://t.co/hb9gBYUdDi #BCstorm pic.twitter.com/spvw4KLCe9— ECCC Weather BC (@ECCCWeatherBC) January 5, 2018
“Areas of patchy freezing rain are now spreading over the North and Central Okanagan and over the Arrow Slocan regions as well as the North Thompson. The freezing rain should end through the afternoon and early evening as the nose of warmer air aloft is eroded.”
As a result, surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Ice build up can also cause tree branches to break.
A freezing rain warning is also in effect for Highway 3 and the Coquihalla.
REMINDER - SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT - Expect freezing rain and extremely slippery conditions today on #BCHwy5 #Coquihalla from #HopeBC to #Merritt and #BCHwy3 from #HopeBC to #PrincetonBC #AllisonPass— Drive BC (@DriveBC) January 5, 2018