November 12, 2015 - 8:16 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - A powerful storm bringing strong winds and heavy rain or snow is set to hit the Southern Interior by this evening.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the South Thompson and South Okanagan, as well as several area highways, warning the storm will hit the Central Interior this afternoon, Nov. 12, and then ‘stall’ across the Southern Interior this evening through Friday.
Winds are already gusting at about 30 kilometres per hour in Kamloops and Penticton but are expected to gust at up to 80 km/h with the storm system. Vernon and Kelowna will miss the brunt of the system, but are still expected to experience fairly strong winds with gusts reaching up to 60 km/h overnight.
The storm will also bring locally heavy rain or snow, with 20 to 25 centimetres of snow expected at Rogers Pass and about 15 cm of snow accumulation expected at the Coquihalla Summit and Allison Pass. Strong winds along with the snowfall could make for poor driving conditions with blowing snow in the passes today. As of Thursday morning there was already more than 20 cm of snow on the ground at the Coquihalla Summit, Allison Pass, Pennask Summit on the Okanagan Connector, and at Albert Canyon on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Temperatures are expected to rise to between 3 Celsius and 7 C throughout the region today and stay steady at those temperatures overnight. There is also a chance of showers late in the afternoon Friday throughout the Okanagan.
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