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With more snow falling, expect conditions to worsen on roads and highways in Okanagan, Kamloops

The Okanagan Connector (Highway 97C) at Elkhart looking west is seen Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 in this screenshot from the DriveBC. Thompson-Okanagan highways appear to be in good shape so far today, but more snow is on the way.
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January 28, 2021 - 10:33 AM

It's definitely winter driving conditions on many roads and highways in the Thompson-Okanagan with snow continuing to fall throughout the day in many areas with Environment Canada forecasting more overnight.

While DriveBC is not reporting any major incidents on highway through mountain passes in and out of Kamloops and the Okanagan this morning, Jan. 28, there is a winter storm warning is in effect for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Compact snow and slippery sections are reported on the Hope-Princeton, Highway 3, today with compact snow and slippery and slushy sections on the Coquihalla Connector, according to DriveBC. There are slushy and slippery sections on the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt this morning.

Highway 33 has snow covered sections while Highway 97 is bare and wet from Osoyoos to Vernon.

More snow is expected for Kamloops and the Okanagan today and tonight.

Environment Canada says to expect up to two centimetres of snow in Kamloops today with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark today and tomorrow. Friday should see clearing skies, but clouds return in time for the weekend with highs of 3 C on Saturday and 6 C on Sunday.

Vernon and Kelowna could see five to 10 cm of snow today and another two cm overnight before skies clear tomorrow. Today’s high should reach -1 C, with daytime highs climbing to 3 C by Sunday under cloudy skies. Flurries are possible Saturday night, along with a 60 per cent chance of showers on Sunday.

Penticton could see five cm of snow today and another two to four cm overnight with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. Friday should see mainly cloudy skies and high of 4 C with a mainly cloudy weekend following. It should reach 1 C on Saturday and 3 C on Sunday, with snow flurries possible Saturday evening and a 60 per cent chance of showers on Sunday.


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