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Snow could turn to freezing rain today, making highway travel dangerous.
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December 05, 2014 - 7:41 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - A system bringing freezing rain to the Coquihalla Highway could also bring the hazardous conditions to other Interior cities and highways this weekend.

Environment Canada issued a statement Thursday warning of the potential for freezing rain to develop on parts of Highways 5 and 3 and now forecasters are saying it could also affect other sections of those two highways, the Okanagan Connector, Okanagan regions, Thompson regions and the Shuswap region, among other highways and regions.

The weather office is calling for the potential of freezing rain today and Saturday as bands of moisture move across the Interior along with warmer air. Freezing rain could develop in areas where the temperatures remain below 0 Celsius creating hazardous conditions.

The freezing rain will first hit the Princeton, Merritt and Fraser Canyon areas this afternoon and will move across the rest of the region overnight. Snowfall of up to five centimetres is also expected with the system.

In town, a chance of snow today will turn to periods of snow with a risk of freezing rain before morning and a mix of snow and rain Saturday.

In Kamloops temperatures will warm slightly today, reaching -3 C, and will sit around 0 C the rest of the weekend. By Tuesday temperatures could reach 8 C.

In Vernon and Kelowna temperatures will be much the same over the weekend and by Tuesday a high of 7 C could be reached, at which point a chance of rain returns to the area for several days.

In Penticton the temperature will reach 0 C today and then 4 C Saturday. By Tuesday a high of 7 C is expected along with a 40 per cent chance of rain.

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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