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Winter hits parts of Southern Interior

Snow fell on parts of the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Kamloops on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.
October 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Winter may technically still be a little ways off, but it paid an early visit to the Southern Interior this weekend.

Some Thompson-Okanagan highways and mountains got some snow yesterday, Sept. 30, with the most accumulation at the Pennask Summit on the Okanagan Connector, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald.

In that area, roughly four centimetres of snow accumulated from yesterday morning to the evening. It's more than the Coquihalla received, which MacDonald says was just a dusting with little accumulation.

"The Connector probably saw the most snow in the Southern Interior over the last 24 hours," he says.

Areas north of Clinton were hit hard by snow as well, and a snowfall warning is in effect for that region along with Rogers Pass. Roughly 15 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected in the next two days.

The early stretch of winter is due to the clashing of two air masses, MacDonald explains, one is cold air coming from the north and the other has moisture coming from the Pacific. Temperatures are warming up with mountain passes hovering above 0 Celsius, but that may not be the case for long. He says temperatures could drop back down below zero by tomorrow afternoon, Oct. 2.

The province's regulations for snow tires on highways also go in effect today, Oct. 1.

Sun Peaks just outside of Kamloops is seeing snow at higher elevations today, while Apex Mountain in the South Okanagan received three centimetres in the past 24 hours.

Parts of Sun Peaks got some snow today, Oct. 1, 2018.
Parts of Sun Peaks got some snow today, Oct. 1, 2018.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Dan Fedyk

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