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Snow leads to crashes, travel advisory

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 crashgesEmergency crews are responding to a slew of crashes on local roads after Mother Nature dropped another dump of snow on the Okanagan.

Three people were taken to hospital in Peachland after two pickup trucks crashed head-on. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. There were reports of several other fender-benders on local roads thanks to the slippery conditions.

The city has more than 40 pieces of equipment clearing about 750 kilometres of roads for drivers.

Meanwhile, the snow has prompted Kelowna airport to issue a travel advisory.

"Due to the snowfall warning that might affect flights in and out of Kelowna International Airport (YLW), passengers expecting to travel from YLW the remainder of the day are asked to check with their airline or visit the airport’s website at ylw.kelowna.ca for Arrival and Departing flight information," the city said in a release.

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So far there have only been a few minor delays to flights in Kelowna.

Between 10 and 25 centimetres was expected to fall, according to a snowfall

advisory from Environment Canada.

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Here are some travel advisories from Drive BC —

• Highway 97C Travel Advisory Heavy Snowfall from Merritt to Pennask Summitt (1728 metres) (77 km) beginning in the afternoon and continuing thru Tuesday night. Accumulations could reach 25cm to 40cm over the summit. Travellers are advised to exercise caution and consider alternate plans. Updated Tue Jan 8 at 10:06 am PST.

• Highway 33 Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 3, in Rock Creek to Westbridge (13.2 km). Compact Snow from Westbridge to Beaverdell (34.7 km). Compact Snow from Beaverdell to McColloch Road (41.8 km).

• Highway 97 Compact Snow from Osoyoos to Junction with Highway 3, in Osoyoos Compact Snow from Junction with Highway 3, in Osoyoos to Oliver (20.2 km). Slushy with Slippery Sections from Crystal Waters Road near Armstrong to 39.5 km north of Crystal Waters Road (39.5 km).

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