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Snowfall warning ended

More than 50 cm of snow recorded on Whistler Mountain in 24-hour period

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UPDATE

The snowfall warning for Whistler and Squamish has ended, but traffic will be slow on Highway 99 as road crews work to clear the massive amounts of snow that fell on Thursday.

According to Whistler Blackcomb, 53 centimetres fell at the Pig Alley weather station from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Updates on road conditions can be found at www.drivebc.ca or by listening to 102.1 Mountain FM.

Whistler Fire Rescue services and the Whistler RCMP will support road events as they occur, and on Monday, Jan. 2, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and Whistler Blackcomb will partner to station traffic control personnel along Highway 99.

"The traffic personnel will be at the intersections of Lake Placid Road, Bayshores Drive and Alta Lake Road from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.," an RMOW spokesperson said in an email. "The public is reminded to expect delays and plan accordingly."

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The snow just keeps coming.

Another 13 centimetres was measured at the Pig Alley weather station on Whistler Mountain overnight, with 20 cm still in the forecast for the region today.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Whistler and Squamish in the early hours of Thursday morning.

"A Pacific frontal system will bring heavy snow to Squamish and Whistler and to the stretch of the Sea to Sky highway in between," the warning reads.

"Snow will become heavy at times this morning as the front nears the coast. Total snowfall amounts near 20 cm are expected before the snow tapers off late this afternoon."

Updates being posted to the Sea to Sky Road Conditions Facebook page paint a grim picture of driving conditions.

"Northbound Squamish to Whistler hill before Brandywine is an absolute mess — cars stopped all over the place — be prepared to wait," one user wrote.

View live highway webcams and stay up to date on the latest driving conditions at www.drivebc.ca.

Snow tires are an absolute requirement if travelling the Sea to Sky Highway.

Motorists are reminded to adjust their driving with the changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times with heavy snow.

Severe weather can be reported to Environment Canada on Twitter with the hashtag #BCStorm, or by emailing pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca.

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