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Highway 1 – Eastbound – Current Planned

Highway 1, eastbound. Utility work at Exit 29: Willingdon Ave (Burnaby). Lane blocked. Watch for traffic control. Right lane blocked. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 10:43 PM PDT. (DBC-7412)

Highway 97 – Both Directions – Future Planned

Highway 97, in both directions. Maintenance planned at Birnie Rd (2 km south of Coldstream). Starting Wed Apr 24 at 7:00 AM PDT until Wed Apr 24 at 3:00 PM PDT. Lane Closure. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 9:58 PM PDT. (DBC-7410)

Highway 17 – Eastbound – Current Planned

Highway 17, eastbound. Road sweeping at Grace Rd (Surrey). Until Wed Apr 24 at 5:00 AM PDT. Shoulder maintenance. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 9:31 PM PDT. (DBC-7409)

Highway 97 – Southbound – Current Planned

Highway 97, southbound. Road sweeping between Olson Rd and Bjornson Rd for 21.2 km (8 km north of Quesnel to 24 km south of Hixon). Until Wed Apr 24 at 2:00 AM PDT. Shoulder sweeping. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 8:32 PM PDT. (DBC-7408)

Highway 3A – Both Directions – Incident

Highway 3A, in both directions. Vehicle incident between Kelly Dr and Laren Rd (2 km west of Playmor Junction). Road closed. Next update time Tue Apr 23 at 8:00 PM PDT. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 7:04 PM PDT. (DBC-7407)

Highway 1 – Eastbound – Incident

Highway 1, eastbound. Vehicle incident at Exit 58: 200 St (Langley – District). Center lane blocked. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 6:27 PM PDT. (DBC-7406)

Highway 97 – Both Directions – Future Planned

Highway 97, in both directions. Maintenance planned between Collage Road and Bernie Road. Starting Wed Apr 24 at 7:00 AM PDT until Wed Apr 24 at 3:00 PM PDT. Lane Closure. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 5:09 PM PDT. (DBC-7405)

Highway 91 – Northbound – Incident

Highway 91, northbound. Vehicle incident at Alex Fraser Bridge (Delta). Expect delays. Right lane closed. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 4:59 PM PDT. (DBC-7404)

Highway 1 – Incident

Highway 1. Road cleared between Exit 55: 192 St and Exit 58: 200 St for 1.8 km (Surrey to Langley – District). Expect delays due to congestion. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 4:45 PM PDT. (DBC-7403)

Highway 1 – Eastbound – Incident

Highway 1, eastbound. Stalled vehicle at Port Mann Bridge (Surrey). HOV lane blocked midspan. Use caution. Expect delays. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 3:00 PM PDT. (DBC-7401)

Highway 26 – Both Directions – Future Planned

Highway 26, in both directions. Utility work planned between Goldman Rd and Frost Rd for 1.7 km (7 to 5 km east of Quesnel). Starting Wed Apr 24 at 9:00 AM PDT until Fri Apr 26 at 3:00 PM PDT. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Expected delays of 10 minutes. Please watch for signage and flagging personnel. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 1:42 PM PDT. (DBC-7396)

Adams Lake Ferry – Incident

Adams Lake Ferry. There will be required maintenance between Adams Lake Ferry and the end of Adams Lake Ferry (Adams Lake). Starting Wed Apr 24 at 10:00 AM PDT until Wed Apr 24 at 3:00 PM PDT. Expect delays of up to 15 minutes. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 12:45 PM PDT. (DBC-7395)

Highway 20 – Road Condition

Highway 20. Muddy sections between Olsen Dr and Kappan Mtn Rd for 118.3 km (16 km east of Bella Coola to Anahim Lake). Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 12:17 PM PDT. (DBCRCON-32189)

Highway 20 – Road Condition

Highway 20. Fog patches between Graham Lake Access No 2 Rd and Stum Lake Rd for 109.3 km (Tatla Lake to Alexis Creek). Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 12:17 PM PDT. (DBCRCON-32190)

Highway 91 – Both Directions – Incident

Highway 91, in both directions. Vehicle incident at Alex Fraser Bridge (Delta). Expect delays. Watch for traffic control. Two left lanes blocked southbound, one northbound left lane blocked at the north end of the bridge. Last updated Tue Apr 23 at 12:16 PM PDT. (DBC-7394)

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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.