November 24, 2013 - 11:27 AM
KAMLOOPS - The week started with a cold slap in the face as brisk winds blew in a storm system that left a dry air that depleted any warmth from the city but in corners of Kamloops the warmth of the holiday season coming to life helped alleviate some of the chill.
A system that moved over Kamloops first brought a dense fog that left some highways with zero visibility just before sundown on Monday and by Tuesday morning the cold had gripped the city as temperatures dropped into the double digits on the low end of the mercury. Doug Lundquist of Environment Canada called Kamloops the 'epicentre of cold' for the beginning of this week and the cold temperatures continued through the end of the week as we struggled to even make it to -7 C on most days.
The cold had fire crews, RCMP officers and store staff struggling against the well-below freezing temperatures Wednesday when a fire broke out on the roof of a North Shore strip mall late in the afternoon. An intense wind combined with -15 C temperatures to leave everyone frozen to the core before they were given the all clear to go back in.
Christmas Amalgamated is picking up steam as they prepare for an estimated 2,000 families to come looking for help this year and decorators put the finishing touches on the houses that will be part of Homes for the Holidays tour, a fundraiser for the United Way, this weekend.
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