Special weather statement issued on the Coquihalla

By Chad Harris
May 15, 2017 - 1:30pm Updated: May 15, 2017 - 4:04pm

KAMLOOPS — Environment Canada is warning motorists to be prepared as there is a possibility snow could fall on the Coquihalla Highway later today.

Hope to Merritt, Merritt to Kamloops, and Merritt to Kelowna (Okanagan Connector) are the areas affected. 

A special weather statement indicates the snow level will drop to 1000m this evening (Monday, May 15th) as a cold low pressure system moves over the area.

Forecaster Alyssa Charbonneau says between two and 10 centimetres is expected, and she says some of that may stick to the road surface.

"It's going to really vary how much of the snow actually sticks. A lot of it will be melting when it hits the ground. There is a potential that you could run into some snow on the ground, for anyone driving overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning," explained Charbonneau. 

Meantime in Kamloops, the rain is expected to saturate the city over the next 24 hours. 

"We're expecting that showers are going to begin tonight in earnest, and continue right through the day tomorrow. Probably looking at around 5mm-10mm tonight, and another 5mm-10mm though the day tomorrow before things start to taper off tomorrow evening," said Charbonneau. 

 

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