April 17, 2014 - 8:35 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — If you plan on travelling during the Easter long weekend allow for extra time—highway passes are expected to get heavy snowfall before the time Good Friday rolls around.
A Pacific cold front moving across the Interior will bring precipitation this morning and up to 10 cm of snow to the higher summits including Pennask Summit and Kootenay Pass, during the day. The snow level will lower to 1,000 m during the evening, bringing snow to the rest of the mountain passes along the Coquihalla Highway, the Okanagan Connector and Highway 3.
Accumulations are expected to range between 5-10 cm by Friday morning, though Kootenay Pass and the Coquihalla Summit should see amounts reaching closer to 15 cm. Strong winds will also develop overnight, creating blowing snow conditions and creating poor visibility.
Okanagan communities, Vernon through Penticton, can expect rain today with a 60-70 per cent chance of rain on Friday and a 40 per cent chance Saturday. In total 10-20 mm of rain could fall through Friday. Temperatures will sit a few degrees below normal though Saturday before warming up to just above normal for Sunday and Easter Monday, though there will still be clouds and a chance of rain those days.
In Kamloops there is a 70 per cent chance of rain on Thursday and a 40 per cent chance on Friday. Temperatures will remain a couple degrees below the seasonal normal of 17 C throughout the weekend.
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