A special weather statement is in effect for the Central, South and North Okanagan, as well as the Fraser Valley.
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Environment Canada is forecasting 2 to 4 centimetres of snow overnight with 5 to 10 cm of snow forecast for Thursday — especially in the regions of the Similkameen, Okanagan, Arrow-Slocan and West Kootenay.
Arctic air over the Interior combine with moisture advancing from the Pacific is cause for this recent snowfall.
Snowfall warning and Winter Storm warning continued… #BCStorm pic.twitter.com/qQz77Rt48I
— Vancouver Weather (@yvrwx) December 28, 2017
Snow and icy conditions are causing havoc on the roads. Kamloops RCMP are informing drivers Highway 5 is closed southbound near the Inks Lake turnoff after a tractor-trailer flipped on its side.
It is unknown at this time how long the highway will remain closed.
Travel is not being advised due to poor road conditions
A special weather statement is also in place for the Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt – and for Highway 3 – Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass.
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About 5 to 10 cm of snow is expected to fall overnight and another 10 to 15 cm on Thursday. Environment Canada is anticipating the risk of freezing rain on Thursday afternoon, near Hope.
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Both the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan regions can expect the snow to continue to fall into Friday.
Well hello Arctic front rolling into Kamloops Lake💨 pic.twitter.com/3VlnVSMghs
— Joanne Hammond (@KamloopsArchaeo) December 27, 2017