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More snow is on its way; heavy snow for mountain passes

More snow is on the way, but most of it will fall in the mountain passes and in the Central and North Okanagan.
January 17, 2015 - 12:11 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – The forecasters at Environment Canada are predicting heavy snow for mountain passes on the Coquihalla and the Hope-Princeton highways.

The 20 to 30 centimetres of snow will start to fall late Saturday and continue overnight into Sunday, according to a Special Weather Statement.

“A warm front will bring copious amounts of moisture to Southern B.C.,” the statement says. “Heavy snowfall rates will result in rapidly accumulating snow in the mountain passes.”

The Environment Canada meteorologists are singling out the Coquihalla from Merritt to Hope and Highway 3 from Princeton to Hope through the Allison Pass for the most snow.

The valley bottoms in the North and Central Okanagan will also be getting snow Saturday and overnight into Sunday. Kelowna could get up to 12 cm of the white stuff, while in Vernon, the forecast calls for as much as 14 cm.

Kamloops will get rain Saturday, which will turn to snow overnight, with about 5 cm predicted by Sunday morning.

The South Okanagan, including Penticton, is expecting mostly rain out of the weather system, with 4 cm of snow on higher terrain.

For the very latest highway conditions check the Drive B.C. website.

The latest weather forecasts and warnings are available at the Environment Canada website.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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