Major storm approaching Revelstoke

Environment Canada issues special weather statement about storm expected to hit Revelstoke late Thursday.

Environment Canada is warning of heavy snow through the mountains starting late Thursday and into Friday.

Environment Canada is warning of heavy snow through the mountains starting late Thursday and into Friday.

A major storm is expected to hit the Revelstoke area later Thursday.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for much of southern B.C., with strong winds and heavy precipitation forecast starting later Thursday and lasting through Friday.

“A powerful storm will arrive in the BC Interior today,” writes Environment Canada. “The system will race through the Central Interior this afternoon and then stall across the south interior this evening. Strong winds with gusts over 70 km/h will develop across the Central Interior in the morning and spread southward this afternoon.”

The storm is expected to bring heavy precipitation, with snow turning into rain as freezing levels rise.

Environment Canada says 10-20 mm of rain is expected tonight, with the freezing level sitting at about 700 metres and winds gusting up to 50 km/h.

On Friday, another 5-10 mm of rain is expected, with freezing levels expected to rise to 1,500 metres.

The mix of rain and snow is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

Environment Canada is also warning of poor driving conditions through Rogers Pass, with up to 25 centimetres of snow expected by Friday morning.

The snow will add to an already-deep winter snowpack at higher elevations. On Sunday, a skier and snowboarder were caught in an avalanche in Rogers Pass.

Avalanche Canada’s lead forecaster Karl Klassen published a blog post on Tuesday warning backcountry recreationalists to be wary of the conditions.