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British Columbia, Jan 6 (Canadian-Media): The southern quarter of B.C would continue to see a spell of harsh, wintry weather and has brought treacherous winter-storm conditions to key highways crossing the Interior and torrential rain nearer the coast, media reports said.
Up to 15 centimetres of fresh snow during the day as well as an additional 10 to 20 centimetres Monday night could be seen by the high-elevation roadways with a risk of freezing rain on the Interior passes overnight.
"With this storm system coming in today, tonight, tomorrow, we are recommending that any non-essential travel be postponed because the highways are going to be so treacherous," Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Erven said Monday.
A stretch of Highway 1 between Golden and Revelstoke is also under a winter-storm watch, with 25 centimetres of fresh snow forecast for the next 24 hours.
Milder weather in the further west could bring rain. Rainfall warnings are in effect for parts of Vancouver Island and the South Coast, including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Howe Sound.
Low-lying areas could experience up to 90 millimetres of rain and could cause localized flooding in before the system eases Tuesday.
Much of B.C. has been gripped by winter weather since New Year's Eve knocking down power out for more than 160,000 residents over the last week and avalanches have claimed at least three lives.