February 17, 2014 - 7:57 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — If you were planning on using the Coquihalla Highway or the Okanagan connector today you may want to make other plans.
More than 30 cm of snow fell on Highway 5 again last night, bringing the total over the past week to nearly 200 cms in some areas. About 15 cm of snow has fallen over Highway 97C in the past 12 hours as well.
The heavy snowfall has resulted in a travel advisory on the Coquihalla Highway this morning because of low visibility from Merritt to Hope. The Okanagan Connector had an alert this morning but lifted around 7:30 a.m., though compact snow and slippery sections remain.
Environment Canada warns a Pacific frontal system dropped up to 30 cm of snow on southern highway passes as of 4 a.m. and another 5-10 cm can be expected today. The trend of system after system continues this week as well with another Pacific weather system expected to hit coastal mountain passes overnight. That system will bring another 15-25 cm as well.
Highway 1 through Glacier National Park has remained largely untouched by the latest system, though more than 160 cm of snow currently sits on the ground at Albert Canyon.
Highs of 5-7 Celsius are expected throughout the region over the next two days, with a chance of flurries or rain today and showers expected tomorrow in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton while Kamloops can expect a chance of showers Tuesday.
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