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Snow prelude to warm weather

Heavy snow has already fallen on the Coquihalla Highway and more is expected tonight before the warmer temperatures settle into the region for the rest of the week.
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February 11, 2014 - 10:07 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — More than 50 centimetres of snow has already fallen at the Coquihalla Summit in less than 24 hours and another 25 cm is expected tonight, but after that we are soaring into above normal temperatures throughout the region.

The heavy snowfall on Highway 5 led to a travel advisory early this morning, it was lifted shortly after 7 a.m., and several vehicle incidents that have closed sections of the highway at the summit and the Great Bear Snowshed. An avalanche also hit Highway 5A north of Princeton, which has reduced the road to single lane alternating traffic.

Environment Canada has issued another special weather statement for tonight as well, warning the unstable Pacific air could result in heavy snow, between 10-30 cm, over the high elevation passes on highways 1, 3 and 5 again tonight.

Highs of between -1 Celsius and 2 C are expected throughout the region today with winds reaching 30 kilometres per hour and gusting to 50 km/h in Kamloops by late afternoon and throughout the rest of the region by tonight. Temperatures warm up significantly tomorrow with highs of 6-7 C expected throughout the region and will remain steadily above normal with highs of between 4-9 C through the weekend.

Up to 5 cm of snow could also fall in Kamloops, Vernon and Kelowna while Penticton can expect a mix of rain and light snow tonight. From Vernon south to Penticton at least a chance of rain is forecast almost every day throughout the next week as well.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call (250)819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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