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Late snow to hit Interior highways this weekend

April 09, 2015 - 8:30 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - A spring snow storm is expected to drop up to 10 centimetres of wet snow on Southern Interior highways this weekend.

According to Environment Canada, an unseasonably cool frontal system will reach the coast by Friday evening and rain will change to snow over the mountain passes early Saturday morning. So far 5 to 10 cm of snow is expected but amounts may be greater over the Coquihalla Highway.

The Okanagan Connector, Highway 1 from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass and Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton and Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass are also in the line of fire.

Avalanche risk in the Interior currently sit at moderate at most elevations but Avalanche Canada is expecting the risk to increase to considerable in some ranges as the system moves through the province.

The system will also bring cooler temperatures and rain to the valleys. The wind will pick up around noon on Friday, April 10, and there is a chance of rain beginning Friday evening through Saturday. Temperatures are expected to reach seasonal normals of 14 to 16 C Friday but will only reach 12 Celsius on Saturday.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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