UPDATE: Another snowstorm moving through Interior
Howard Alexander - News Editor
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January 28, 2018 - 2:14 PM
The second system of heavy snow to move through the Southern Interior this weekend is expected to drop up to 25 centimetres of snow in some valleys and on several mountain passes today.
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning this morning, Jan. 28, that covers the North Okanagan, including Vernon, the Central Okanagan, including Kelowna, the Shuswap, including Salmon Arm, and the Nicola, including Merritt, and the North Thompson. The warning was ended for the Central Okanagan at around 2 p.m., but continued for all the other regions.
Forecasters say 15 to 25 cm are expected during a long period of snowfall today and tonight.
A Pacific frontal system moving across the Interior is to blame for the snow today, the warning states. As the front stalls tonight, the heavy snow will continue in the Shuswap, while accumulations won’t be as high in the North Okanagan.
Snowfall warnings have also been issued for several upper elevation highways including the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Hope, The Trans-Canada Highway from Rogers Pass to Eagle Pass and Highway 3 from Princeton to Hope via Allison Pass.
About 30 to 50 cm of snow is possible on the Coquihalla Summit and Allison Pass by tonight. There is also a risk of freezing rain on those routes.
The Rogers Pass could get 20 to 35 cm of snow by Monday afternoon, forecasters say.
Environment Canada reminds drivers visibility may be suddenly reduced during the heavy snow and result in hazardous driving conditions.
— This story was updated at 2:12 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 to say the snowfall warning was ended in the Central Okanagan.
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