April 29, 2013 - 3:23 PM
Higher elevations west of the Okanagan received enough snow overnight to close the Coquihalla highway.
A cold front that brought gusty winds and colder temperatures through Kelowna early this morning left a heavy blanket of snow on the area surrounding Merritt and Hope overnight. With a high today of 7 C, the Coquilhalla was soon open to traffic again.
Spring weather will be a bit chaotic the rest of the week, with flurries tapering off near the Allison Pass this afternoon followed by a gradual incline to temperatures in the twenties over the weekend.
Drivebc.ca shows roads in the Okanagan are clear of snow with no major problems reported. There are warnings of debris on Highway 97 north of Vernon and Highway 97 south to Shelter Road. Wildlife was reported on the road just east of Lumby on the Vernon Slocan Highway. Warnings in Kamloops include wildlife on Highway 21 south of Falkland Junction, as well as a large rock in the middle of Ferrier Road that road crews are currently attending to. A warning for the Monte Creek area says to watch for falling rocks.
Environment Canada is calling for increasing temperatures for the Interior, with highs in the mid-twenties possible over the weekend.
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