September 30, 2013 - 8:29 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – The entire region continues to see forecasts for temperatures below the normals of 16 to 18 Celsius typically seen at this time of year. Add a lower snow level, rain and wind and it's making for a miserable start to autumn.
A 30-40 per cent chance of rain is expected this afternoon throughout the region, with a chance of thunderstorms in the Okanagan though all areas can expect high winds in the range of either 30 gusting to 50 kilometres per hour or 40 gusting to 60 kilometres per hour.
More rain could also fall tomorrow throughout the entire Thompson-Okanagan region and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from the Shuswap though to the southern part of the Okanagan.
The wet weather is also playing havoc on some of the major highways in the area and will continue with wet weather expected throughout the day and the snow level rising only to 1,900 metres from the current 1,600 metres.
Drivers on the Okanagan Connector facing compact snow with slushy sections from Loon Lake Road exit to Pennask Summit while Coquihalla drivers will see slushy, slippery sections in the Great Bear snowshed area and water pooling from the Logan Lake turnoff all the way to Chilliwack. There is also heavy rain on Highway 1 from Highway 7 to the Jackass Mountain Summit.
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