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Highway 1 – Road Condition

Highway 1. Limited visibility with fog between Des Fosses Rd and Bernie Rd for 57.6 km (8 km west of Sicamous to 14 km east of Chase). Last updated Tue Oct 23 at 5:49 AM PDT. (DBC-2190)

Highway 97B – Road Condition

Highway 97B. Limited visibility with fog between Black Rd and the end of Highway 97B for 5.6 km (Salmon Arm). Last updated Tue Oct 23 at 5:22 AM PDT. (DBC-2189)

Highway 6 EW – Road Condition

Highway 6 EW. Slippery sections planned between North Fork Rd and Snowshoe Rd for 68.2 km (Cherryville to 14 km west of Needles). Starting Tue Oct 23 at 4:45 AM PDT. Last updated Tue Oct 23 at 4:43 AM PDT. (DBC-2188)

Highway 1 – Both Directions – Road Condition

Highway 1, in both directions. Fog patches between Highway 97 and Des Fosses Rd for 44.8 km (14 km east of Chase to 6 km east of Kamloops). Last updated Tue Oct 23 at 4:21 AM PDT. (DBC-2187)

Highway 1 – Incident

Highway 1. Vehicle incident between Highway 97 and Collins Rd (Cache Creek). Until Tue Oct 23 at 2:00 AM PDT. Road closed. No detour or alternate route at this time. Estimated time of re-opening Tue Oct 23 at 2:00 AM PDT. Next update time Tue Oct 23 at 1:30 AM PDT. Last updated Tue Oct 23 at 12:38 AM PDT. (DBC-2186)

Highway 13 – Both Directions – Current Planned

Highway 13, in both directions. Road construction work between 0 Ave and 8 Ave for 1.6 km (Langley – District). Until Wed Oct 31. From 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM PDT daily. Expect delays. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 9:54 PM PDT. (DBC-2185)

Highway 1 – Both Directions – Future Planned

Highway 1, in both directions. Road construction work planned between Exit 120: Young Rd and Annis Rd for 6.6 km (Chilliwack). Starting Mon Oct 22 at 9:00 PM PDT until Tue Oct 23 at 6:30 AM PDT. Recessed Reflector Installation. Traffic control will consist of: Signage and Slow-Moving Shadow Vehicles including a Crash Attenuating Vehicle. Watch for and obey traffic control personnel. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 7:06 PM PDT. (DBC-2184)

Highway 1 – Eastbound – Future Planned

Highway 1, eastbound. Road maintenance work planned at Exit 168: Flood Hope Rd (Hope). Starting Tue Oct 23 at 7:00 AM PDT until Wed Oct 24 at 4:00 PM PDT. From 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT on Tuesday and Wednesday. Left lane will be blocked. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 6:59 PM PDT. (DBC-2183)

Adams Lake Ferry – Both Directions – Future Planned

Adams Lake Ferry, in both directions. Possible ferry service interruption planned at Adams Lake Ferry (Adams Lake). Starting Mon Oct 22 at 10:00 PM PDT until Tue Oct 23 at 2:00 AM PDT. Due to required maintenance. Possible 30 minute delays due to maintenance. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 6:55 PM PDT. (DBC-2182)

Highway 1 – Westbound – Incident

Highway 1, westbound. Vehicle incident between Glover Rd and 208 St (Langley – District). HOV lane is blocked. Crews are on scene. Expect heavy delays. Next update time Mon Oct 22 at 6:30 PM PDT. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 6:04 PM PDT. (DBC-2181)

Highway 1 – Future Planned

Highway 1. Utility work planned between Taft Rd and 19 mile Rd (29 km west of Revelstoke). Starting Tue Oct 23 until Thu Oct 25. From 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT on weekdays. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 5:52 PM PDT. (DBC-2180)

Highway 17 – Southbound – Future Planned

Highway 17, southbound. Paving operations planned between Highway 91 and 80 St Conn for 4.7 km (Delta). Starting Fri Nov 2 at 8:00 PM PDT until Mon Nov 5 at 5:00 AM PDT. From 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM PDT on weekends and Friday. Westbound lanes will be closed and traffic will be detoured into eastbound lanes. Please watch for roadside workers and obey traffic control. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 4:29 PM PDT. (DBC-2179)

Highway 17 – Northbound – Future Planned

Highway 17, northbound. Paving operations planned between 80 St Conn and Highway 91 for 4.7 km (Delta). Starting Fri Oct 26 at 8:00 PM PDT until Mon Oct 29 at 5:00 AM PDT. From 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM PDT on weekends and Friday. Eastbound lanes will be closed and traffic will be detoured into westbound lanes. Please watch for roadside workers and obey traffic control. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 4:27 PM PDT. (DBC-2178)

Highway 20 – Both Directions – Future Planned

Highway 20, in both directions. Utility work planned between Dowling Rd and Tatlayoko Rd for 15.8 km (Tatla Lake). Starting Tue Oct 23 at 7:00 AM PDT until Wed Oct 24 at 7:00 PM PDT. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Watch for traffic control personnel. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 3:59 PM PDT. (DBC-2177)

Highway 1 – Westbound – Future Planned

Highway 1, westbound. Bridge maintenance planned at Port Mann Bridge (Surrey). Starting Mon Nov 5 at 7:00 PM PDT until Fri Nov 9 at 5:00 AM PDT. From 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM PDT on weekdays. Westbound HOV lane closure for pre-winter maintenance. Last updated Mon Oct 22 at 3:50 PM PDT. (DBC-2176)

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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.