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Rainy weekend ahead for Kamloops as avalanche risk increases in southeastern B.C.

A special weather statement remains in place as snow continues to fall on Highway 1 east of Revelstoke today, Nov. 13, 2015.
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November 13, 2015 - 8:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - The strong winds that hit the city yesterday will die down but then the rain will come this weekend in Kamloops.

Over the past 24 hours Environment Canada has recorded wind speed gusts in the 40 to 60 kilometres per hour range nearly every hour at the airport, but those winds will finally diminish this morning and then the rain is expected to start.

The weather office is calling for a chance of rain this morning, Nov. 13, and then rain beginning tomorrow afternoon through Sunday.

We woke to temperatures quite a bit above the seasonal normal highs of 5 Celsius and temperatures are expected to stay steady near 9 C for much of the day. Daytime highs will drop to 7 C on Saturday and then just 4 C on Sunday while overnight lows are expected to stay around 4 C Friday and 5 C Saturday before dropping to -6 C overnight on Sunday. The seasonal normal low temperature at this time of year is -2 C.

The wind and snow hit area highways hard over the past couple of days, with 28.1 centimetres of snow currently on the ground at the Coquihalla Summit, 18.5 cm at Allison Pass on Highway 3, 25.6 cm at Pennask Summit and 36.3 cm at Albert Canyon, with heavy snow still coming down.

Forecasters are warning of poor driving conditions at Rogers Pass on Highway 1 today, with another 10 to 20 cm of additional accumulation expected before the snow turns to rain this afternoon.

Avalanche forecasters have also increased the avalanche risk at treeline and alpine levels, with a high risk expected by Saturday in Glacier, Little Yoho, Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. This level four risk level is put in place when conditions are considered very dangerous and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

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.

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