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iN TRAFFIC: It's going to snow all over the Interior today

Highway 97 in Lake Country, looking south near Wood Lake shortly before 7 a.m.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/DriveB.C.

Drivers using the major Interior highways can expect a fresh layer of snow today, Dec. 17.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the Coquihalla from Hope to Merritt, where 20 centimetres is expected between now and tomorrow morning.

"An arctic front will bring snow and strong outflow winds to the region this weekend," according to Environment Canada.


On Highway 5 there was a vehicle incident between Inks Lake Road and West Kamloops. The left lane is blocked for northbound traffic and drivers can expect delays.

Furthermore, there is limited visibility due to fog on Highway 1 between Cache Creek to Kamloops, according to DriveB.CHighway 1 is also slushy between Sicamous and Revelstoke, it has slippery sections from Chase to Sicamous, and it's snowing between Jackass Mountain Summit and Spences Bridge; Highway 3 has slippery sections from Princeton to Hedley; Highway 5 has fog patches and limited visibility from Surrey Lake Summit to Kamloops; Highway 5A has slippery sections from Princeton to the Gulliford Lake rest area; Highway 97B has slippery sections throughout; and Highway 97C has compact snow and slippery sections from Merritt to West Kelowna.

Environment Canada’s forecast is calling for periods of snow all day in Kamloops, where temperatures will drop from -6 Celsius to -12 C between this morning and tonight. In Vernon and Kelowna, there will be a low of -8 C and high of -6 C with periods of snow and flurries all day; and Penticton will warm slightly from -7 C to -6 with periods of light snow starting around 2 p.m.

At the ski hills, an accumulation of 1 to 2 centimetres is possible at Big White Ski Resort, where the alpine snow base is at 97 cm. Sun Peaks Ski Resort is forecasting occasional light snow by mid afternoon and is reporting 17 cm of new snow over the past week. The last significant snowfall at SilverStar Mountain Resort was Dec. 10 when 6 cm fell, 1 cm of new snow is expected tomorrow morning, and 4 cm is expected by Dec. 20. And Apex Mountain Resort has no new snow but an alpine base of 121 cm.

— Story updated at 9:45 a.m. with an update about a vehicle incident on Highway 5 near Barriere.

— Story updated at 10:50 a.m. when Highway 5 reopened near Barriere.

— Story updated at 1:05 p.m. with new information about a vehicle incident on Highway 5.

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