November 24, 2014 - 8:08 AM
NEAR-RECORD HIGHS EXPECTED MID-WEEK
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If you are hitting the highways today, beware: Warnings of compact snow and slippery sections have been issued for many areas and more than 30 centimetres has fallen on several mountain passes over the past few days. Now another 15 cm is being forecast over the next 24 hours as well.
Environment Canada is calling for another 10-15 cm on Highway 3, the Coquihalla Highway and the TransCanada Highway by Tuesday morning as yet another Pacific frontal system hits the Southern Interior.
On the Coquihalla and at Albert Canyon on Highway 1 the depth of the snow on the ground currently sits at 32.9 cm while Allison Pass on Highway 3 sits at 25.8 cm and the Pennask Summit on Highway 97C has 23.1 cm of snow on the ground.
In town we can expect to see temperatures stay above seasonal normals for much of the week with temperatures peaking as high as 13 Celsius for Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon on Wednesday and 14 C on Thursday for Kamloops. Normal highs at this time of year are 2-3 C while lows normally drop to 2 C in the southern parts of the region and -4 C up towards Kamloops.
We can also expect at least a chance of rain or snow all week, including today. Snow levels could reach the valley bottom overnight in Vernon but hover around 700 m from Kelowna to Penticton. Kamloops will likely have wet snow overnight.
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