November 16, 2015 - 8:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - On the heels of a snow-filled Sunday, a mix of rain and snow will kick off the new week in Kamloops, along with strong winds.
Environment Canada recorded 17.6 millimetres of precipitation at the airport, much of that rain, over the weekend, though higher elevations around the city received both more snow and rain.
The weather office is calling for more flurries to begin late this morning, Nov. 16, and then change to showers in the afternoon as the snow level rises to 700 metres. Winds of 20, gusting to 50 kilometres per hour are expected to increase to 40 gusting to 60 km/h in the afternoon as well. Overnight we can expect the showers to end while winds drop back to 20 gusting to 40 km/h. A high of 4 Celsius is expected during the day Monday with temperatures rising to 9 C by Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday about five to 10 mm of rain is expected during the day, along with a chance of rain in the evening and windy conditions throughout the day. The rest of the week is expected to be sunny. Temperatures will drop back down to near-seasonal normals following a 10 C high on Tuesday. Seasonal normals at this time of year are a high of 4 C and a low of -2 C.
Highway passes received more snow and rain over the weekend as well, with the Coquihalla Summit currently sitting at more than 45 centimetres of snow on the ground while the Pennask Summit weather station is recording nearly 39 cm and Allison Pass on Highway 3 is at 42 cm.
A special weather statement warning of heavy snow and strong winds today and tonight has been issued for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt and Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton. Up to 25 cm is expected at the Coquihalla Summit while Allison Pass could receive up to 20 cm of snow tonight. The snow is expected to change to rain on Tuesday.
Several natural avalanches have occurred recently and Avalanche Canada warns the risk is currently in the moderate to considerable range in Glacier National Park and other parks in the eastern part of the province, though it could increase to high in the alpine areas on Tuesday.
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