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Environment Canada warns of weekend snow for the Coquihalla, Okanagan Connector

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September 26, 2019 - 3:09 PM

KELOWNA - Are you ready for winter?

Environment Canada says winter is set to return tonight, Sept. 26, and has issued a special weather statement for anticipated snowfall on the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Kamloops, the Okanagan Connector and the  Trans-Canada Highway, from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

"A cold airmass will settle in over the B.C. Interior beginning tonight and persist through the weekend," reads the alert. "Lowering freezing levels and unsettled conditions will support the chance of snow over higher elevations."

Kootenay Pass has the potential to see a significant amount of snow during this period. Rain will likely give way to periods of snow near the summit tonight and could persist well into Sunday. At this time, amounts remain quite uncertain, but snowfall accumulations of five to 15 centimetres are possible by Saturday night.

Lesser elevation passes, including Rogers Pass, the Coquihalla Highway - Merritt to Kamloops and the Okanagan Connector, should see snow near the summits beginning Friday with light accumulations possible through the weekend.

Areas along the B.C.-Alberta border are expected to see snow as well. In the Elk Valley, freezing levels will hover just above the valley bottom today and drop this evening. A changeover to snow is likely tonight with periods of snow possibly persisting through Sunday. Again, accumulations remain uncertain at this time, but five to 10 cm by Saturday night is plausible.

A return to drier conditions and seasonal temperatures are expected early next week.


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