Driving is getting more hazardous this weekend.
The weather forecast puts snow on the Coquihalla Highway and possibly even in the highest points of Aberdeen. And the time change has sunrise and sunset times falling back Sunday, which means more pedestrians walking in the dark.
Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said Friday a major snowstorm is expected in the mountain passes of the southern Interior Saturday.
“Some parts will get more snow than the others. It looks like a good winter storm,” he said.
Most of Kamloops will see rain on Saturday and into Sunday. But temperatures could fall low enough at higher elevations to frost up some flakes.
Snow has already fallen a few times on the Coq and some other high Interior highways, but this one is expected to stick around for a while, dumping 10 to 20 centimetres in some spots, Lundquist said.
“Those other times it happened earlier this fall should have reminded us to have the winter tires on,” he said.
“This one looks big.”
The rain and snow system is expected to taper off Sunday, although there could be some residual flurries in places.
That’s when clocks are set back an hour and that raises another safety concern.
Lundquist said sunrise will push back to 7 a.m., and sunset arrives at 4:31 p.m.
ICBC spokeswoman Michelle Hargrave said statistics show a 16 per cent increase in crashes in the two weeks after daylight time ends compared with the two weeks before clocks change.
“One of our top tips is to be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists because it gets dark earlier,” she said.
Those cyclists and pedestrians are also asked to try to make themselves more visible, wearing clothing that stands out and ensuring they have eye contact with drivers, especially at intersections.
The time change is an additional reminder to drivers to get their vehicle ready for winter, cleaning the headlights and ensuring all signals and other lights are working.
Winter tires are required on certain highways, but mud-and-snow tires are accepted as long as they’re in good condition while the Ministry of Transportation reviews what’s suitable.
“The legislation isn’t keeping up the (tire) technology,” said Hargrave.