December 26, 2013 - 8:38 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – If you plan on heading out for some Boxing Day shopping drive carefully and give yourself some extra time, a freezing rain warning has been issued for much of the region for this morning, though Kamloops is already facing icy roads and power outages to kick off the shopping madness.
Environment Canada was warning of freezing rain for the Shuswap and Okanagan regions this morning, including Vernon and Kelowna, while Kamloops had already experienced freezing rain that left vehicles and roads coated in ice. The warning ended around 9:30 a.m. and the risk of more freezing rain in Kamloops had susbsided by 11 a.m.
A warm front bringing moisture with temperatures near the freezing point this morning is resulting in freezing rain throughout the region. It is expected the freezing rain will end by late morning as the warm front moves further east.
Freezing rain began in Kamloops shortly after midnight and around 8 a.m. it had begun in parts of the Okanagan, including Winfield.
A power outage also hit the southwestern part of Kamloops early Thursday morning, leaving more than 1,140 customers without power, including some major retailers like Costco. Aberdeen Mall says it will be open as planned today. Most of lower Aberdeen, Dufferin and Pineview Valley neighbourhoods are without power. The outage also extends to just north of Goose Lake Road at Lac Le Jeune Road and to just east of Green Stone Road. Power was restored just before 11 a.m. and B.C. Hydro has not listed a cause of the outage.
Highs of two to three Celsius are expected from Kamloops south through to Penticton today.
Between 10-15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall as a warm front moves into the North Columbia region this afternoon, with an additional 2-5 cm expected overnight.
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This story was updated at 9:09 a.m., Dec. 26, 2013 to update hydro outage information.
This story was updated at 11:43 a.m., Dec. 26, 2013 to update weather forecast and hydro outage.
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