Heavy snow hitting the highways

Snow is already accumulating on Highway 1 and another 20 centimetres is expected by Saturday morning.
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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If you plan to head out on the highways this weekend make sure you have your brain switched to winter driving. Several Interior highways are already covered with compact snow and slushy sections and another 20 centimetres of snow is expected by Saturday morning.

A system heading over the Interior will bring heavy snow to Kootenay Pass and Rogers Pass starting this morning and continuing overnight. By the time the system moves out of the region Saturday morning up to 20 cm of snow will have accumulated over those highway passes. On the Highway 1 nearly 5 cm of snow is already on the ground at Albert Canyon, with even more at the higher elevations.

On the Coquihalla Highway rain with some wet snow is expected during the day and another 10 cm of snow is expected overnight. On Highway 97C only about 4 cm is expected but the highway already has about 6 cm on the ground at Pennask Summit.

In town we will see a mix of snow and rain through Saturday morning, with the snow level reaching elevations as low as the 900 metres in some areas overnight. Temperatures will stay above freezing in the valleys Friday night and through the day Saturday before dropping to seasonal normals, about -4 Celsius, Saturday night.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— The sentence about snow levels was reworked for clarification, noon, Nov. 21, 2014.

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