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More snow coming to southern Interior overnight with Coquihalla Highway expected to bear the brunt

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February 24, 2021 - 11:45 AM

A heads up if you are planning a trip to and from the southern Interior to the Lower Mainland tonight or tomorrow, more snow is on the way for the Coquihalla Highway.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says a disturbance making its way through the region tonight, Feb. 24, could leave a few centimetres of snow on valley bottoms, but heavier snow is expected at higher elevations.

“The Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt could see up to 15 centimetres through tomorrow afternoon,” Lundquist says. Motorists planning to use the Coquihalla might want to make their trip today or wait until Friday.

The snow could also spread to the Trans-Canada Highway between Eagle and Rogers Pass and Highway 3 through the Kootenay Pass by tomorrow.

Some valley locations could see two to four cm of snow tonight, with the highest amounts expected in the North Okanagan and trace amounts in Kamloops and Penticton. The snow could make driving a bit dicey for the morning commute.

Lundquist says the next few days should see a spring-like weather pattern over the region, with spotty, scattered precipitation of rain or snow, and temperatures at or above seasonal norms.

”It’s spring now. We can get cells that look like thunderstorms already, which means the potential for widely varying amounts of precipitation. One side of the street might get four cm and the other side might get nothing,” he says.

Lundquist says tonight's snow shouldn’t last, as temperatures are expected to reach between 7 and 10 degrees Celsius tomorrow through Kamloops and the Okanagan.

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