June 12, 2014 - 8:55 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — Yes, summer is technically only nine days away and yes, it seems like a cruel joke, but there was snow on the Interior highways tonight.
Environment Canada ended a severe thunderstorm watch for the Okanagan earlier this evening, but not before issuing a special weather statement warning of up to five centimetres of localized snow on the Coquihalla, Highway 97C and Highway 3. By just before 10 p.m. the statement was ended.
A system moving up from Washington will bring cool, unstable air will bring widespread thunderstorms across the region. Allison Pass on Highway 3 saw snow this evening and it was expected heavy rain within the storms could lower the freezing level resulting in brief bursts of snow on other highway passes.
More rain with a chance of thunderstorms is forecast for Friday and yet more rain on Saturday. Sunday, Father’s Day, is expected to be a bit better with highs a few degrees below normal and cloud cover.
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-This story was updated at 10:01 p.m., June 12, 2014 when the weather statement ended.
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