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Snowfall in Kamloops causing delays at airport

December 23, 2016 - 11:34 AM

KAMLOOPS - With plenty of snow and low visibility one pilot decided not to land in Kamloops today and instead returned to Vancouver.

The Kamloops Airport is expecting 10 centimetres of snow to fall today, Dec. 23, followed by another 5 cm this evening, causing problems for planes arriving and departing the city.

Manager Fred Legace says the surprise weather system isn’t ideal for the airport.

“Fugly. It’s fugly,” he says. “We’re going to see a lot snow that we really didn’t have in the forecast.”

The Air Canada flight that returned to Vancouver may make another attempt to fly to Kamlops later today.

Legace says the best thing for air travellers to do is contact their air carriers online or by phone; the companies will have the most up to date information about the status of flights.

The snow and low cloud cover are causing two issues for pilots; poor visibility and concern about braking. Crews at the Kamloops airport are currently clearing the runway, but the skies are proving more difficult.

“The first thing they’re having is visibility problems,” he says. “If you can’t see across the valley you know it is ugly.”

He expects more delays as the weather system covers much of the southern Interior and is moving into Alberta, causing delays for flights coming from Calgary.

“It’s going to be a bit of an ugly weekend,” he says. “Passengers will need a dose of patience; air carriers are trying their hardest.”

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