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Highway 5 – Both Directions – Road Condition

Water Pooling from Merritt to Exit 336, Junction with Highway 97D, to Logan Lake (47.1 km). Updated Fri Jun 22 at 4:18 pm PDT. (ID# 283638)

Highway 3 – Eastbound – Current Planned

Special Event on Highway 3 between Similkameen Falls and Sumallo Grove from August 10th 2018 at 10:00 AM until August 12th 2018 at 10:00 AM. Motorists are asked to use caution and watch for runners on the road. Please obey all signage and flaggers. Updated on Fri Jun 22 3:20 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17762)

Highway 9 – Both Directions – Current Planned

Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour on Highway 9 between Harrison Hot Springs Road and Highway 7 Junction and Pioneer Ave. It will be in effect on July 21nd, 2018 between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Motorists are asked to use caution and watch for cyclist on the road. Please obey all signage and flaggers. Updated on Fri Jun 22 3:17 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17761)

Highway 7 – Both Directions – Current Planned

Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour on Highway 7 between Cameron Road and Wilson Road will be in effect on July 21st, 2018 between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Motorists are asked to use caution and watch for cyclist on the road. Please obey all signage and flaggers. Updated on Fri Jun 22 2:52 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17760)

Highway 23 – Southbound – Incident

Southbound lane closed at 42-mile (82km north of Revelstoke) due to uneven lane settlement. Reduce speed through site. Southbound traffic to yield to Northbound traffic. Updated on Fri Jun 22 at 6:29 am PDT. (ID# 283294)

Highway 7 – Eastbound – Current Planned

Road Work between Ashton Road and Wilson road will occur from June 27, 2018 to June 29, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Right lane closure in effect, drive carefully. Updated on Fri Jun 22 1:37 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17759)

Highway 9 – Southbound – Current Planned

Road Work on Highway 9 Southbound from McPherson Rd to Golf Rd will be in effect from June 18, 2018 to June 27, 2018. Work from June 18th, 2018 to June 21, 2018 will be in effect from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM daily. Work on June 22, 2018 will be in effect from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon. There will be no work on the weekend. Work on June 25, 2018 to June 27, 2018 will be in effect from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM daily. Traffic will be single-lane alternating. Updated on Fri Jun 22 8:37 am PDT. (ID# RTMC_17704)

Highway 99 – Both Directions – Current Planned

Line Painting on Highway 99 northbound right lane from Porteau Cove to Squamish will be in effect Monday 18/06/2018 at 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM. Updated on Fri Jun 15 3:20 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17709)

Highway 7 – Westbound – Current Planned

Road Work on Highway 7 Westbound at James St will be in effect daily starting Monday 18/06/2018 at 9:00 AM until Wednesday 20/06/2018 at 3:00 PM. Updated on Fri Jun 15 2:53 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17707)

Highway 97 – Both Directions – Current Planned

Electrical Maintenance Hwy 97 19 km north of Quesnel at White Cotton Road from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, June 18 through June 22. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic with expected 5 minute delays. Watch for flagging personnel and signage. Updated on Mon Jun 18 at 6:31 am PDT. (ID# -69851)

Highway 8 – Both Directions – Incident

Watch for Gravel on Road 40 km west of Merritt city centre, at Voght Street. Updated on Fri Jun 22 at 12:53 pm PDT. (ID# 283637)

Highway 99 – Northbound – Current Planned

Road Work on Highway 99 Northbound at Cleveland Ave will be in effect June 25, 2018 from 6:00 AM until 3:30 PM. One of two left turn lanes will be blocked. Updated on Fri Jun 22 12:06 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17758)

Highway 91 – Southbound – Incident

Collision on Highway 91 Eastbound just west of Number 7 road. 1 right lane blocked. Updated on Fri Jun 22 10:34 am PDT. (ID# RTMC_17757)

Highway 5 – Both Directions – Current Planned

Southbound paving from Exit 256, Kingsvale Interchange (Coldwater Rd) to Exit 228, Coquihalla Lakes, through to July 15 daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Lane closures in effect. Updated on Wed May 23 at 3:02 pm PDT. (ID# -69327)

Harrop Ferry – Both Directions – Incident

The Harrop ferry is operating at slower speeds due to a mechanical issue. Expect delays. No alternate route. Next update Thursday, June 22 at 11:30 am. Updated on Fri Jun 22 at 8:22 am PDT. (ID# 283636)

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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.