December 03, 2015 - 7:22 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - After a frosty couple of weeks, the weather is warming up this week but the system bringing warm temperatures is also bringing a lot of precipitation — as much as 30 centimetres at some highway passes.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement noting that snowfall of 20 to 30 cm is expected on several Interior highways, including the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass and Highway 3 from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, before Friday morning. Up to 10 cm of snow is forecast for other area highway passes, including Allison Pass on Highway 3, Pennask Summit on Highway 97C and the Coquihalla Summit, overnight.
Recent weather combined with the heavy snowfall and gusty winds expected today has Avalanche Canada warning of considerable risk for large avalanches in Glacier National Park at both the alpine and below treeline levels today and tomorrow. Large areas of the park are closed for avalanche control with explosives this week as well.
In town we can expect temperatures to stay above the seasonal normal high of 1 Celsius over the next week, with daytime highs reaching 3 C to 8 C and overnight lows hitting 0 C to 6 C over the next several days. Record highs reach into the double digits.
At least a chance of snow or rain is expected today, Dec. 3, as well as Saturday and Sunday throughout much of the region, along with gusty winds today.
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