Thursday April 24, 2014





Winter weather takes a vacation

Warm winds to push up temperatures next week

The last flake of snow for several days is expected to fall this morning, which paves the way for a mid-January chinook that could see temperatures climb into the double-digits by next week.

This means most of the snow that fell on the region during the last 48 hours could soon be gone, which has staff at Sun Peaks Resort concerned.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said 10 to 20 centimetres fell in some areas Wednesday. The Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt was the hardest hit.

A few flurries fell in Aberdeen and higher elevations, said Lundquist.

But daytime highs will reach 5 C by Friday and there’s a good chance temperatures will hit the low teens for Monday, he said.

“Sunday or Monday, either one of those days, could be warm,” said Lundquist.

The spring-like weather is expected to last at least a week, maybe even 10 days. Lundquist said his Wednesday forecast doesn’t extend beyond that.

There’s little to no precipitation expected, he said.

Tourism Sun Peaks president Christopher Nicolson has his fingers crossed that this is not the case.

He said temperatures at the resort are, on average, seven to eight degrees cooler than Kamloops. If it’s warm, it can be enjoyable for guests. Rain, on the other hand, isn’t welcome.

“If it’s warm for a short period — a day or two — that’s not a concern. If we’re talking about rain, that obviously puts a damper on things. That’s not what we’re looking for,” said Nicolson.

Staff at family run Harper Mountain isn’t worried about the weather. Lisa Daburger said Wednesday’s snowfall added at least 4 cm to an already solid base of 61 cm.

“We’re good. We’ve been so fortunate,” she said. “It’s been fantastic.”

Multiple accidents were reported Wednesday on the Coquihalla. A crash in the southbound lane at Juliet Creek closed the highway for several hours.

A single-vehicle rollover at Mine Creek Road sent two people to hospital — B.C. Ambulance Service said one person was flown by air ambulance to Royal Columbian Hospital in Vancouver in serious condition; another was taken to Hope.

Emergency responders were also called out to a tractor-trailer into a ditch.

Tuesday afternoon’s snowfall kept Kamloops Fire and Rescue busy. Assistant chief Rob Chalmers said crews were dispatched to the first accident at 3:20 p.m. and didn’t wrap up until just after 11 p.m.

Accidents resumed with the morning commute Wednesday, he said.


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