January 18, 2016 - 8:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - The mercury is staying above seasonal normals and the snow is expected to subside as we head into another warm winter week.
Environment Canada is calling for overnight lows of just -1 Celsius all week, well above the seasonal normal low of -7 C. Daytime highs are expected to reach just above 0 C early in the week with a high of 6 C expected Thursday, the warmest day in the forecast this week. The seasonal normal high temperature at this time of year is -1 C.
Along with the warmer temperatures comes a chance of flurries this morning. Jan. 18, and overnight, as well as a chance Tuesday. A mix of sun and cloud is expected Wednesday followed by cloud cover for the rest of the week.
While the weekend brought snow and warmer weather in town, area highways were also hit hard with a mix of rain and snow. Nearly 20 centimetres of snow accumulated at the Coquihalla Summit over the weekend and another 7 to 14 cm is expected by Tuesday morning.
Pennask Summit on Highway 97C had slightly less snow over the weekend, only about 5 cm of accumulation, and another 4 cm is expected by tomorrow morning. About 4 cm of snow accumulated at Allison Pass on Highway 3 this weekend and another couple centimetres is expected this morning.
Drive B.C. is reporting compact snow along with slushy or slippery sections on many Interior highways, along with fog patches on Highway 1 near Kamloops, Highway 5 north of Kamloops, the Okanagan Connector and Highway 3 from Keremeos through Osoyoos. Black ice is also being reported on Highway 1 near Spences Bridge.
If you are heading out to play in the backcountry, be aware of the avalanche risk, which is considered moderate to considerable in all Southern Interior ranges, according to Avalanche Canada.
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