November 19, 2013 - 7:50 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – A low pressure system began passing through the Interior last night, bringing the possibility of heavy snow to highway passes through this morning.
The Coquihalla Highway, Highway 3 and the TransCanada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass are all part of a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada late last night warning of snowfall up to 40 centimetres on Highway 3 and up to 25 cm on the other two highways.
So far the system has dropped less snow than expected on most of the summits but more is expected today. As of 6 a.m. at the Coquihalla Summit 10 cm of snow had fallen in 12 hours bringing the total snow on the ground to nearly 65 cm. Another 5-10 cm is expected today south of Merritt but only 2-4 cm is expected at the summit north of Merritt.
East of Revelstoke in the Glacier National Park area 21-24 cm of snow has been recorded in the last 12 hours with another 5-10 cm expected today.
Just a couple centimetres is expected on the connector today where the depth of the snow on the ground sits just under 58 cm.
Temperatures will also drop during the day today across the entire region as a system moves in bringing with it strong winds and snowfall to some areas. The snow level will be near the valley bottom in all but the most southern part of the region. Heavy fog and slippery roads in the Kamloops area Monday reduced visibility to zero and prompted a warning from RCMP as emergency crews worked at the scene of a collision on Highway 5A.
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