VANCOUVER, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Environment Canada Meteorologists, in
anticipation of the upcoming holiday travel season, briefed media on
the weather tools and alerts Canadians can use to travel safely this
Meteorologists encouraged travellers to consult the High-Elevation
Travelers Bulletin and Special Weather Statements before going through
British Columbia's mountains. Both tools are available on Environment
Canada's weather office website (www.weatheroffice.gc.ca).
"Many Canadians may not be aware that Environment Canada produces
forecasts and Special Weather Statements for the mountain passes of
British Columbia," said David Jones, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist
for Environment Canada. "This is another key tool Canadians can use to
travel as safely as possible."
The High-Elevation Travelers Bulletin provides weather forecasts for
British Columbia's mountain highways and passes. When severe winter
weather is expected in the mountains—heavy snowfall, for example—a
Special Weather Statement for the highway passes is issued.
The mountain region of British Columbia. is known for challenging winter
weather conditions. Last winter, the Hope—Kamloops section of the
Coquihalla Highway alone experienced 80 days with snowfalls greater
than 5 centimetres.
More information about Environment Canada's weather alerts, along with
the causes, characteristics and special impacts of winter weather, is
available at www.ec.gc.ca/meteo-weather.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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