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Sloppy highways for start of long weekend

The Okanagan Connector has already seen five centimetres of snow and more is expected this morning.
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April 18, 2014 - 7:57 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — While Mother Nature has not dumped as much snow as anticipated by this morning, you can still expect slushy sections and the threat of more snow.

As much as 15 cm was expected on mountain passes by this morning, though as of 6 a.m. only 2-5 cm was recorded in most areas. That was enough to leave highways with compact snow as well as slushy and slippery sections.

Now Environment Canada says the Pacific cold front will continue to move across the Southern Interior as it aims for Alberta by this afternoon. Heavy snow is expected in some areas with the snow level lowering to 900 m across the region. Five centimetres is expected today though as much as 10 cm is expected at Kootenay Pass.

Strong winds are also expected across much of the region, which will contribute to local blowing snow and poor visibility.

In Kamloops, showers and wind are expected this morning though the rest of the weekend should be partly cloudy with highs of 14 C. In Vernon there is also a risk of a thunderstorm this morning and then a 60 per cent chance of showers later Saturday afternoon and evening with highs of 12-14 C this weekend.

In Kelowna expect a 60 per cent chance of showers this morning and again late afternoon and evening Saturday while Penticton faces just a 40 per cent chance of showers this morning and a 60 per cent chance Saturday afternoon and evening. Saturday could also see a thunderstorm in that area. Highs of 12-14 C in both cities are expected throughout the weekend.

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

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