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Highway 43 – Road Condition

Highway 43. Winter driving conditions between Highway 3 and Alpine Way for 33.7 km (Sparwood to Elkford). Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 8:16 PM MST. (DBCRCON-19379)

Highway 3 – Road Condition

Highway 3. Winter driving conditions between Stump Rd and the end of Highway 3 for 220.1 km (6 km west of Curzon Junction to British Columbia and Alberta Border). Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 8:16 PM MST. (DBCRCON-19378)

Highway 97C – Road Condition

Highway 97C. Watch for slippery sections between Brenda Mine Rd and Highway 5A; Aspen Grove for 49.0 km (1 km west of Pennask Summitt to 23 km west of Merritt). Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 7:06 PM PST. (DBCRCON-19377)

Highway 1 – Westbound – Incident

Highway 1, westbound. Vehicle incident between Second Narrows Bridge and Railway St (North Vancouver – District). Northbound centre lane is blocked. Southbound left lane is blocked. Crews are on scene. Expect delays. Next update time Wed Jan 16 at 7:00 PM PST. Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 6:30 PM PST. (DBC-4847)

Highway 1 – Road Condition

Highway 1. Watch for slippery sections between Prosh Frtg and Alpine Lane W for 45.1 km (25 km east of Sicamous to Revelstoke). Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 6:01 PM PST. (DBCRCON-19367)

Highway 1 – Eastbound – Incident

Highway 1, eastbound. Stalled vehicle at Second Narrows Bridge (North Vancouver – District). Centre lane blocked. Crews are on scene. Expect delays. Next update time Wed Jan 16 at 5:30 PM PST. Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 4:57 PM PST. (DBC-4846)

Highway 23 – Road Condition

Highway 23. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 1 and the end of Highway 23 for 150.1 km (Revelstoke to 5 km north of Mica Dam). Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 4:14 PM PST. (DBCRCON-19366)

Highway 3 – Road Condition

Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Granby Rd and Mannix Rd for 67.2 km (Grand Forks to 24 km west of Castlegar). Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 3:54 PM PST. (DBCRCON-19365)

Highway 1 – Eastbound – Incident

Highway 1, eastbound. Vehicle incident between Exit 14: Capilano Rd and Edgemont Blvd (North Vancouver – District). Left lane is blocked. Expect delays. Next update time Wed Jan 16 at 4:30 PM PST. Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 3:40 PM PST. (DBC-4845)

Highway 1 – Future Planned

Highway 1. Bridge maintenance planned between Taft Rd and Enchanted Forest Ftg Rd for 5.3 km (29 km west of Revelstoke to 31 km east of Sicamous). Starting Thu Jan 17 at 7:00 AM PST until Thu Jan 17. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Expect delays. Next update time Thu Jan 17 at 3:00 PM PST. Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 3:27 PM PST. (DBC-4844)

Highway 97 – Both Directions – Future Planned

Highway 97, in both directions. Maintenance planned between Chief William Way and Sutton Rd for 0.2 km (4 km south of Williams Lake). Starting Thu Jan 17 at 7:30 AM PST until Thu Jan 17 at 4:30 PM PST. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 2:44 PM PST. (DBC-4843)

Highway 31 – Road Condition

Highway 31. Compact snow between McLauchlin Rd and Goat Range Provincial Pk for 42.3 km (Meadow Creek to 25 km south of Trout Lake). Watch for slippery sections. Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 12:44 PM PST. (DBCRCON-19336)

Highway 31 – Road Condition

Highway 31. Compact snow between Cascade Creek Mainline and Highway 23 for 57.5 km (Trout Lake). Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 12:44 PM PST. (DBCRCON-19337)

Highway 24 – Road Condition

Highway 24. Watch for slippery sections between Cottage Lane and Highway 5 for 36.3 km (Little Fort). Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 12:33 PM PST. (DBCRCON-19322)

Highway 20 – Road Condition

Highway 20. Compact snow between Olsen Dr and Rainbow Range Trailhead for 77.7 km (16 km east of Bella Coola to 39 km west of Anahim Lake). Last updated Wed Jan 16 at 12:27 PM PST. (DBCRCON-19333)

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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.