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Atmospheric river looks to be a trickle in Okanagan, Kamloops

While the Lower Mainland is getting drenched by the latest atmospheric river to hit B.C., the Kamloops and Okanagan regions are almost dry by comparison.

While the Okanagan forecast by Environment Canada is for a 30% chance of showers through tonight, Nov. 25, and clearing tomorrow, no rain is in the forecast for Kamloops.

Flood drenched Merritt is only looking at a 30% chance of showers tonight and tomorrow, although relatively high daytime temperatures (9 Celsius to 10 C in Merritt) could melt snow and raise river levels.

Accuweather has a bit of a wetter forecast. It's calling for 2.7 milimetres of rain in Merritt today and tonight, then 5.2 mm on Saturday.

While Friday will be relatively clear and dry, the next atmospheric river is expected to hit the Lower Mainland on Saturday.

Accuweather is calling for 0.5 mm of rain in Kelowna today and 1.1 mm Saturday. It forecasts 1.1 mm for Kamloops today but none on Saturday.

By comparison, Accuweather is forecasting 71.2 mm of rain in Abbottsford today and another 22 mm on Saturday.

The forecast calls for clearing on Sunday.

Daytime highs in the Kamloops and the Okanagan will range from 3 C to 11 C with lows mostly above freezing. The coldest overnight low is forecast for Friday morning at -1 C.

UPDATE: B.C. reopens major section of flood-damaged Trans-Canada Highway in Fraser Valley

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