Snowfall warning remains in effect for Sea to Sky Highway 

Winter tires a must for drive to Whistler

DRIVE BC PHOTO - DRIVE SAFE Heavy snowfall made travelling the Sea to Sky Highway challenging overnight. Snow and slushy conditions start at Culliton Creek with compact conditions starting south of Whistler. Winter tires a must.
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  • DRIVE SAFE Heavy snowfall made travelling the Sea to Sky Highway challenging overnight. Snow and slushy conditions start at Culliton Creek with compact conditions starting south of Whistler. Winter tires a must.

A snowfall warning remained in effect for the Sea to Sky Region on Sunday, Dec. 23, with 17 centimetres of snow falling overnight.

Approximately 15 to 20 cm of additional snow fell throughout the day on Sunday, before turning to showers south of Whistler and flurries in the village later in the afternoon. The skies have since cleared up, though fog patches are predicted overnight and early Monday morning.

Drivers reported hazaradous conditions Saturday night describing the highways as a "gong show."

Squamish traffic services said up to 25 cars were in the ditch between Whistler and Squamish overnight—all have since been cleared.

On Saturday, Dec. 22, "Squamish RCMP received a number of calls from motorists about vehicles sliding off the roadway between Squamish and Whistler," wrote Cpl. Kelly Dean in a statement.

"The most notable of yesterdays events, was a motor vehicle incident where compact snow and icy condition contributed to a three vehicles collision near Chance Creek Forest Service Road. All three vehicles involved were equipped with winter-rated tires having tread depths exceeding the minimum 3.5 mm. Although there were traffic delays for Northbound traffic, there were no RCMP related highway closures."

Whistler Blackcomb reported 24 cm of snow overnight with 23 of 26 lifts open and 149 of 240 trails open. Skiers and boarders are advised to stay on the groomed terrain and not to go out of bounds. With the heavy and late-season snowfalls recently conditions off the groomed areas are treacherous.

With temperatures throughout corridor predicted to remain at or below the freezing level, the Squamish RCMP are also encouraging motorists to slow down and drive for the road and weather conditions.

ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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