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Kamloops Road ReportsHighway 395 – Road Condition
Highway 395. Compact snow between US Border and Highway 3; Highway 3 for 4.0 km (British Columbia and USA Border to Christina Lake). Slushy with slippery sections. Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 11:05 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39761)Highway 5 – Road Condition
Highway 5. Limited visibility with fog between Exit 202 and Exit 231: Mine Creek Rd for 25.2 km (6 km south of Great Bear Snowshed to 12 km north of Coquihalla Summit). Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 10:45 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39760)Highway 95 – Road Condition
Highway 95. Slushy with slippery sections between Highway 93 and the end of Highway 95 for 105.3 km (Radium Hot Springs to Golden). Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 10:44 AM MST. (DBCRCON-39759)Highway 1 – Road Condition
Highway 1. Slushy with slippery sections between Highway 95 and West Boundary of Yoho National Park for 24.7 km (Golden to 1 km west of West Boundary of Yoho National Park). Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 10:43 AM MST. (DBCRCON-39758)Highway 95 – Road Condition
Highway 95. Compact snow between Highway 93 and the end of Highway 95 for 105.3 km (Radium Hot Springs to Golden). Slushy with slippery sections. Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 10:10 AM MST. (DBCRCON-39748)Highway 5 – Road Condition
Highway 5. Watch for slippery sections between Webb Rd and McMurphy Pullout; SA Boundary for 81.1 km (2 km south of Little Fort to 18 km south of Avola). Slushy sections. Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 9:56 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39710)Highway 97C – Eastbound – Incident
Highway 97C, eastbound. Vehicle incident between Junction Hwy 5A and Loon Lake Rd (34 km east of Merritt). Lane blocked. Assessment in progress. Expect minor delays. Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 9:55 AM PST. (DBC-13973)Highway 23 – Road Condition
Highway 23. Compact snow between Upper Arrow Lake Ferry and Highway 1 for 49.0 km (Revelstoke). Slushy with slippery sections. Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 9:45 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39704)Highway 1 – Road Condition
Highway 1. Compact snow between Victoria Rd W and Golden Donald Upper Rd for 148.5 km (Revelstoke to Golden). Slushy with slippery sections. Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 9:43 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39757)Highway 1 – Road Condition
Highway 1. Compact snow between Victoria Rd W and Quartz Creek Bridge (Structure) for 105.2 km (Revelstoke to 14 km east of East Boundary of Glacier National Park). Slushy with slippery sections. Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 9:38 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39754)Highway 1 – Road Condition
Highway 1. Slushy with slippery sections between Perry River Bridge and Victoria Rd W for 42.0 km (25 km east of Sicamous to Revelstoke). Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 9:35 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39755)Highway 5 – Road Condition
Highway 5. Slushy sections between McMurphy Pullout; SA Boundary and Clemina Overhead Bridge for 117.2 km (18 km south of Avola to 29 km south of Valemount). Compact snow. Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 9:01 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39746)Highway 95A – Road Condition
Highway 95A. Winter driving conditions between Rotary Dr and Highway 93; Wasa Junction for 31.1 km (Kimberley). Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 8:27 AM MST. (DBCRCON-39740)Highway 3 – Incident
Highway 3. Avalanche control work planned between West Avalanche Gate and East Avalanche Gate for 11.3 km (Kootenay Pass). Starting Sat Dec 7 at 3:30 PM PST until Sat Dec 7 at 5:30 PM PST. Road closure planned. Road closure planned. Alternate route available from Nelson to Creston; Highway 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry, estimated travel time 2.5 hours. Next update time Sat Dec 7 at 5:30 PM PST. Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 8:11 AM PST. (DBC-13971)Highway 97C – Road Condition
Highway 97C. Limited visibility with fog between Highway 97 and Pennask Summit for 33.0 km (West Kelowna to Pennask Summitt). Last updated Sat Dec 7 at 7:59 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39742)
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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.
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.