Snow to impact holiday travel this weekend

Heavy snow could fall on the Coquihalla Highway this weekend.
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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If you were planning to hit the highways this weekend to visit family and friends, or to head out of town to get your last minute shopping done, beware, Environment Canada is warning of a storm system moving over the Interior highways.

Snow is already falling this morning but will end near noon on the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt and then there’s a 60 per cent chance of flurries for the rest of the day and overnight with up to 10 centimetres expected to fall.

While there is expected to be a break Saturday evening, the storm system arriving Saturday morning to Sunday morning timeframe will likely result in significant snowfall on the highway passes.

Environment Canada has also issued a special weather statement for the stretch of the Coquihalla from Merritt to Kamloops, the Okanagan Connector, Highway 3 and Highway 1 from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

In town we can expect rain over the next two days, plus a chance of rain on Sunday in the Okanagan part of the region. Temperatures are expected to reach up to 5 Celsius over the weekend but will lower to near-normals by Tuesday.

Christmas Eve will bring a 60 per cent chance of flurries throughout the region and on Christmas Day Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton areas can expect a 30 per cent chance of the white stuff. Environment Canada does not expect any significant snowfall accumulation in the valleys for Christmas.

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