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More heavy snow on southern Interior mountain highways; Kamloops gets a dump

Kamloops got a dump of snow overnight and remains under a snowfall warning this morning, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.
November 15, 2015 - 9:36 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – The heavy snow originally forecast to let up overnight continues today in southern Interior mountain passes, while snow also fell Kamloops and more can be expected this morning.

Environment Canada has updated the special weather statement this morning, Nov. 15, calling for more heavy snow on the Okanagan Connector from Kelowna to Merritt, on the Coquihalla Highway from Kamloops to Merritt, on Highway 3 from Princeton to Hope via the Allison Pass, and on the Trans Canada from Rogers Pass through to Eagle Pass.

A low pressure system moving across the B.C. Interior will dump between 20 to 30 centimetres of snow on the mountain passes before it tapers off to flurries or changes to rain showers this afternoon, according to the special weather statement.

Drive B.C. is reporting winter driving conditions on all the upper elevation highways with compact snow, slushy and slippery sections.

Forecasters have also reissued the snowfall warnings for the South and North Thompson.

About 15 cm of snow are expected today over higher terrain around Kamloops and about 5 cm more of the white stuff will fall in the valley bottom, Environment Canada says. The snow is expected to taper off near noon.

The city of Kamloops will be getting snow mixed with rain today with a high of 4 Celsius, clearing overnight with a low of minus 5 C, and a chance of flurries or rain showers tomorrow with a high of 7 C.

The North Thompson will see up to 10 cm of snow before the precipitation changes to rain showers this afternoon.

The valley bottoms in the Okanagan missed the snow. The forecast calls for rain up and down the Valley today with highs in the 7 C range. The sky will clear overnight and the temperature will drop to about minus 5 C in the Vernon and Kelowna, and minus 1 C in Penticton.

Back to work Monday will see a chance of showers or flurries in Vernon with a high of 3 C. A a chance of showers with highs around 4 C in the Kelowna and Penticton.

For the latest forecasts and warnings go to the Environment Canada website.

Drive B.C. has the very latest road conditions throughout the province.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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