Good chance of a white Christmas in Kamloops

KAMLOOPS - Mother Nature looks prepared to give us a white Christmas this year, with a good sprinkle overnight and at least a chance of snow expected every day this weekend.

Environment Canada is calling for the snowfall to end this morning, Dec. 18, and notes a total of two centimetres is expected in Kamloops today. Then a chance of snow is expected this evening through Monday, Dec. 21.

Along with that chance of snow will be near-seasonal normal temperatures, with a high of 2 C to -3 C and a low of -3 C to -5 C expected throughout the weekend. Seasonal normal temperatures range from a high of 0 C to a low of -7 C. 

A snowfall warning continues for the Coquihalla Highway, with a total of 25 cm expected on the stretch from Merritt to Hope by the time the system moves on this afternoon.

A total of 11 cm of snow and 5 millimetres of rain has been recorded at the Coquihalla Summit overnight while 15 cm of snow and 9 mm at the Pennask Summit on Highway 97C. Just 4 cm has fallen on Highway 97 between Vernon and Kelowna.

Drive B.C. is reporting compact snow with slippery or slushy sections on most Interior highways, along with strong winds near the Pennask Summit.

If you are heading into the backcountry to play this weekend be aware of a moderate to considerable risk of avalanche throughout the region, according to Avalanche Canada.

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