January 10, 2014 - 8:24 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — The snow doesn't appear to be stopping on area highways and now a warm front is moving in bringing heavy snow mixed with rain—so expect messy roads throughout the region as we head into the weekend.
A special weather statement issued by Environment Canada warns heavy snowfalls are expected tonight on the Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector and Highway 1 between Eagles Pass and Rogers Pass. In addition a snowfall warning for the Shuswap has also been issued with 10-20 centimetres of snow expected before a warm front moves in.
Highways will see more snowfall, though significant accumulations are not expected as the front weakens across southern highway passes. All southern highways are expected to receive 20 cm of snow, except near the Coquihalla Summit where 30 cm could fall starting this evening. The snow will likely change to rain overnight and then become snow again Saturday morning. Another 20 cm is expected on Saturday.
Area highways have already seen a lot of snow this week and on the Coquihalla the summit 16 cm in the last 24 hours has already fallen while the Clanwilliam weather station 14 kilometres west of Revelstoke on Highway 1 has been blanketed with 10 cm in the last day. There is a high risk of avalanche along that stretch of the TransCanada Highway (from west of Revelstoke to Craigellachie) and it will remain closed until avalanche control is completed this morning.
In the Shuswap snow in the amount of 10-20 cm is expected starting this afternoon with it turning to rain overnight followed by a continued chance of rain for Saturday through Tuesday. A weakening front will see snow heaviest tonight as a warm front from the Pacific approaches.
The entire region will bathe in steady temperatures just above 0 Celsius today before reaching between 4-6 C tomorrow. Periods of snow mixed with rain are expected in Kamloops and Salmon Arm this afternoon while Vernon and Kelowna have a 40 per cent chance of flurries or rain this afternoon before snow mixed with rain hits overnight. Penticton can expect 5-10 millimetres of rain this evening though it will begin falling this afternoon.
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