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Highway 97C – Road Condition

Highway 97C. Heavy rain between Cornwall Rd and Empter Frontage Rd for 5.9 km (Ashcroft). Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Cornwall Rd. & Empter Frontage Rd. Plan for highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Fri Aug 23 at 8:15 AM PDT. (DBC-11235)

Highway 97 – Road Condition

Highway 97. Heavy rain between Stephenson Rd and 26 Mile Frontage Rd for 34.3 km (Cache Creek to 4 km south of Clinton). Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Stephenson Rd. And 26 mile Frontage Rd. 5km¿¿¿s south of Clinton. Plan for highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Fri Aug 23 at 8:14 AM PDT. (DBC-11233)

Highway 99 – Road Condition

Highway 99. Heavy rain between Hat Creek Rd and Jackson Rd for 19.7 km (50 to 70 km north of Lillooet). Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Hat Creek Rd. & Jackson Rd. Plan for highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Fri Aug 23 at 8:13 AM PDT. (DBC-11234)

Other Roads – Both Directions – Road Condition

Loon Lake. Loon Lake , in both directions. Heavy rain between STEVENS ROAD and Cariboo Highway near Clinton. Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Cariboo Highway & Stevens Rd. Plan for highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Fri Aug 23 at 7:46 AM PDT. (DBC-11237)

Highway 1 – Road Condition

Highway 1. Heavy rain between Cornwall Rd and Old Cariboo Rd for 9.6 km (1 km east of Ashcroft to Cache Creek). Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Cornwall Rd. & Old Cariboo Rd.
Plan for Highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Fri Aug 23 at 7:36 AM PDT. (DBC-11232)

Highway 20 – Current Planned

Highway 20. Road maintenance work between Atnarko Campground Access Rd and Rainbow Range Trailhead for 21.0 km (33 km east of Firvale to 38 km west of Anahim Lake). Until Fri Aug 23 at 5:00 PM PDT. Last updated Fri Aug 23 at 7:16 AM PDT. (DBC-11230)

Highway 1 – Eastbound – Current Planned

Highway 1, eastbound. Ditching between Exit 19: Lynn Valley Rd and Exit 21: Mountain Hwy for 2.0 km (North Vancouver – City to North Vancouver – District). Until Fri Aug 23 at 5:30 AM PDT. Right lane closed. Last updated Thu Aug 22 at 10:04 PM PDT. (DBC-11227)

Highway 5 – Incident

Highway 5. Vehicle incident at 6 km South of Merritt. Expect major delays. Emergency vehicles on scene. Expect 1 hour delays. Next update time Thu Aug 22 at 6:45 PM PDT. Last updated Thu Aug 22 at 4:45 PM PDT. (DBC-11224)

Highway 97 – Southbound – Incident

Highway 97, southbound. Forest fire between Westridge Rd. And Bailey Rd. 5 km south of Vernon. Lane Closure. Brush Fire. Last updated Thu Aug 22 at 4:28 PM PDT. (DBC-11223)

Highway 23 – Both Directions – Incident

Highway 23, in both directions. Vehicle fire between 23rd St NW and Halcyon Rd (3 km north of Nakusp). Road closed. Estimated time of re-opening Thu Aug 22 at 7:00 PM PDT. Next update time Thu Aug 22 at 5:15 PM PDT. Last updated Thu Aug 22 at 4:19 PM PDT. (DBC-11222)

Highway 1 – Incident

Highway 1. Vehicle incident between Three Valley Gap Frontage Rd. And Pole Road. Road closed. Detour not available. Estimated time of re-opening Thu Aug 22 at 4:30 PM PDT. Next update time Thu Aug 22 at 4:30 PM PDT. Last updated Thu Aug 22 at 3:59 PM PDT. (DBC-11221)

Highway 5 – Northbound – Future Planned

Highway 5, northbound. Road maintenance work planned between Exit 202 and Exit 217: Zopkios Brake Check (2 km south of Great Bear Snowshed). Starting Mon Aug 26 until Thu Oct 10. The northbound right lane will be closed from the Box Canyon Chain up to 100 m past the Great Bear Snow Shed. A construction speed zone will be in effect. Please watch for crews, obey traffic control and drive with care. Last updated Thu Aug 22 at 3:30 PM PDT. (DBC-11220)

Highway 95 – Future Planned

Highway 95. Bridge maintenance planned at 10th Ave N (Golden). Starting Mon Aug 26 at 11:00 AM MDT until Tue Aug 27 at 3:00 PM MDT. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Last updated Thu Aug 22 at 3:25 PM MDT. (DBC-11216)

Highway 1 – Future Planned

Highway 1. Bridge maintenance planned between Quartz Creek Bridge (Structure) and Quartz Creek FSR (14 km east of East Boundary of Glacier National Park). Starting Mon Aug 26 at 6:00 AM MDT until Tue Aug 27 at 9:30 AM MDT. From 6:00 AM to 9:30 AM MDT on Monday and Tuesday. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Last updated Thu Aug 22 at 3:18 PM MDT. (DBC-11214)

Highway 1 – Eastbound – Incident

Highway 1, eastbound. Vehicle incident at 248 St (Langley – District). Left lane is blocked. Expect delays due to congestion. Last updated Thu Aug 22 at 2:43 PM PDT. (DBC-11219)

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About Kamloops

Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia in Canada, located at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake. It is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the location of the regional district’s offices. The surrounding region is more commonly referred to as the Thompson Country. It is ranked 37th on the list of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in Canada and represents the 44th largest census agglomeration nationwide, with 85,678 residents in 2011.

Kamloops Climate

The climate of Kamloops is semi-arid due to its rain shadow location. Because of milder winters and aridity, the area west of Kamloops in the lower Thompson River valley falls within Köppen climate classification BWk climate. Kamloops gets short cold snaps where temperatures can drop to around ?20°C (?4°F) when Arctic air manages to cross the Rockies and Columbia Mountains into the Interior.

The January mean temperature is ?2.8°C (27°F). That average sharply increases with an average maximum temperature of 4.3°C (40°F) in February. The average number of days below ?10°C (14°F) per year is 19.9 as recorded by Environment Canada.

Although Kamloops is located above 50° north latitude, summers are warmer than in many places at lower latitudes, with prevailing dry and sunny weather. Daytime humidity is generally under 40% in the summer, sometimes dropping below 20% after a dry spell, which allows for substantial nighttime cooling. Occasional summer thunderstorms can create dry-lightning conditions, sometimes igniting forest fires which the area is prone to.

Kamloops lies in the rain shadow leeward of the Coast Mountains and is biogeographically connected to similar semi-desert areas in the Okanagan region, and a much larger area covering the central/eastern portions of Washington, Oregon and intermontane areas of Nevada, Utah and Idaho in the US.

These areas of relatively similar climate have many distinctive native plants and animals in common, such as ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), prickly pear cactus (Opuntia fragilis in this case), rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis), black widow spiders and Lewis’s woodpecker.

The hottest temperature ever recorded at the airport, 40.7°C (105°F), occurred on 13 July 2014; the hottest reliably accurate temperature ever recorded within the city, 41.7°C (107°F), occurred first on 27 July 1939 and again two years later on 16 July 1941.