'Aggressive' weather system to hit Kamloops Tuesday

By Greg Fry
October 16, 2017 - 1:29pm

KAMLOOPS — If you're planning a road trip outside of Kamloops tomorrow, you'll want to strongly consider postponing it until Wednesday.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for a wide area of the BC Interior, including the South Thompson, and meteoroglist Doug Lundquist says he wouldn't be surprised if it's upgraded to a warning sometime in the next 24 hours.

"What it is, is a really strong cold front and low zipping across the Interior and unlike its normal pattern of dying as it does that this one is developing (is) very rare," he says. "It does happen every now and then this time of year but the problem is that the low will have so much wind with it that we can expect extremely gusty winds tomorrow in the valley, in the afternoon mostly and perhaps maybe 70, 80 kilometres an hour, I wouldn't be surprised if it's a little higher than that."

And that's not all as Lundquist says the freezing level is going to plummet from 3000 metres to 800 metres, bringing a burst of snow early tomorrow afternoon.

"I wouldn't want to be on the roads, even with good snow tires, because we could easily get 10-15 centimetres of snow in a short amount of time and who knows how other people drive? So, I'd try to make my travels on high terrain either today or tomorrow and wait until things improve on Wednesday."


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