Rapid changes in elevation and weather can make highway conditions in B.C. unpredictable during the winter. You may start a trip in sunshine but face stretches of slush, ice, heavy snowfall or compact snow along the way.
Most B.C. highways have high mountain passes where you are likely to encounter winter weather starting in October. Statistics show that winter related vehicle accidents increase in October. Winter tires perform better on ice than summer tires.
Drivers must obey winter tire and chain signs throughout the province from October 1 to March 31.
Drivers failing to have vehicles properly equipped can be fined $109. Enforcement officers may prevent you from travelling if not properly equipped for road conditions or for safety reasons.
Sections of highways requiring winter tires or chains onboard are marked with roadside signs. For passenger vehicles, chains on summer tires are not an acceptable substitute for winter tires on signed highways.
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- Current Conditions: Light Snow, -19.4°C January 16, 2019
- Wednesday night: Periods of snow. Low minus 22. January 16, 2019
- Thursday: Periods of light snow. High minus 19. POP 40% January 16, 2019
- Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low minus 22. January 16, 2019
- Friday: Chance of flurries. High minus 18. POP 60% January 16, 2019
- Friday night: Cloudy. Low minus 18. January 16, 2019
- Saturday: Snow. High minus 15. January 16, 2019
- Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low minus 14. January 16, 2019
- Sunday: Chance of flurries. High minus 5. POP 40% January 16, 2019