Cariboo residents awake to white wonderland; snow expected on Coquihalla too

By Greg Fry
September 13, 2018 - 9:57am

KAMLOOPS — It was a wintery morning in the South Cariboo where residents awoke to as much as five centimetres of snow.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Armel Castellan says motorists driving the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Kamloops can expect up to two centimetres today as well.

WATCH: Snow falling in Clinton Thursday morning. (Video Credit: Shayna Van Tine)

He attributes the wintery blast to an upper trough that's brought much cooler temperatures to much of B.C. 

As a result, Castellan warns motorists to be ready if they plan on hitting the mountain highways.

"Does everybody have their winter tires on this early in the year? Probably not," said Castellan. "So, something to be very conscious of if you are going to hit the roads. Follow Drive BC, of course."

He says the summer snowfall is just a "pre-taste of winter," certainly not a sign that we're skipping fall all together.

"We're dealing with a slow moving trough that will reach all the way to the coast. The temperatures are going to be in the order of five, maybe six or seven degrees below normal."

Castellan expects the cool temperatures to last through late Monday before the temperatures transition back to within two to three degrees of normal.

He adds it's not out of the question for temperatures to rebound to more seasonal temperatures the last week of September.

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