Dramatic temperature change coming to Kamloops

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 14, 2017 - 1:27pm

KAMLOOPS — If you hate the cold, you're in luck.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Trevor Smith says a strong flow of air is expected to hit the Southern Interior beginning this week.

"The air is coming up from the southwest from the Pacific and it's going to spread very mild air across the Interior," said Smith. "In fact, we're looking at temperatures reaching as high as 19 degrees in the Kamloops area by Monday."

Smith says the warmer temperatures will last until at least Wednesday, a stark contrast from the city's current daytime high ranging between 5 and 10 degrees and low to zero.

He adds while Friday's snowfall in higher elevations of the city and on the Coquihalla Highway was unusual for October, it isn't unheard of.

"It really isn't that rare to have snow anytime past Thanksgiving," said Smith. "You can get snow up in the mountain passes anytime of the year so I think the snow Friday was a hint of things to come and to be prepared for winter driving conditions for the next three to four months."

The Coquihalla Highway is expected to be hit with the next round of snow Thursday or Friday. 

Smith says it's too early to tell whether Kamloops can expect another heavy winter.

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