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UPDATE: Environment Canada upgrades weather statements to snowfall warnings for Interior

Here comes the snow and freezing temperatures, just in time for Christmas.
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December 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

A snowfall warning has been issued for the Okanagan Valley, Similkameen and Nicola with up to 25 centimetres expected in some areas.

Environment Canada this afternoon, Dec. 18, upgraded a special weather statement for the Okanagan it had earlier issued, to a snowfall warning, while the special weather statement issued for Kamloops and the Shuswap has been continued.

Meteorologists in a press release say a moist Pacific frontal system will bring heavy snow throughout the southern Interior tonight and tomorrow.

Total snow accumulations of 15 to 25 cm can be expected in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Nicola by early Wednesday morning before the snow tapers off to a few flurries. In the Kamloops and Shuswap regions between five to 10 cm is expected to fall.

The Coquihalla Highway is closed between Merritt and Hope, and a travel advisory, along with a snowfall warning has been issued for the route.

Wednesday might bring temporary relief but Environment Canada thinks that's when an arctic front will sweep over B.C. with the cold temperatures as low as -15 C overnight.

To get the latest information about road conditions go to the Drive B.C. website here.

For more details on the weather statements, watchs and warning check out the  Environment Canada website here.

— This story was updated at 4:23 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2017 with new information from Environment Canada.

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