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Highway 3 – Both Directions – Incident

Highway 3, in both directions. Vehicle incident between Sparwood Dump Rd and Douglas Fir Rd for 0.6 km (Sparwood). Single lane alternating traffic. Expect delays. Next update time Sun Oct 13 at 4:00 PM MDT. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 3:34 PM MDT. (DBC-12652)

Highway 5 – Southbound – Current Planned

Highway 5, southbound. Maintenance between Exit 276: Comstock Rd and Exit 256: Coldwater Rd (29 km south of Merritt). Left lane is blocked. Lane Closure. Watch for traffic control. Please obey speed and signs. Estimated time of re-opening Sun Oct 13 at 6:00 PM PDT. Next update time Sun Oct 13 at 6:00 PM PDT. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 11:40 AM PDT. (DBC-12651)

Highway 97C – Road Condition

Highway 97C. Limited visibility dense fog between Trepanier Rd and Pennask Summit for 10.1 km (Pennask Summitt). Limited visibility with fog. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 11:35 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-32884)

Highway 1 – Road Condition

Highway 1. Heavy rain between Back Valley Rd and Juniper Beach Prov Park Access Rd for 16.8 km (Cache Creek to 17 km east of Cache Creek). Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Back Valley Road and Juniper Beach Provincial Park Access Road. Plan for highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 11:10 AM PDT. (DBC-12650)

Other Roads – Road Condition

LOON LAKE ROAD. LOON LAKE ROAD. Heavy rain between CARIBOO HIGHWAY and STEVENS RD 1 km north of Clinton. Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Cariboo Highway & Stevens Rd. Plan for highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 11:08 AM PDT. (DBC-12649)

Highway 97C – Road Condition

Highway 97C. Heavy rain between Cornwall Rd and Empter Frontage Rd for 5.9 km (Ashcroft). Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Cornwall Rd. & Empter Frontage Rd. Plan for highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 11:07 AM PDT. (DBC-12648)

Highway 99 – Road Condition

Highway 99. Heavy rain between Hat Creek Rd and Jackson Rd for 19.7 km (50 to 70 km north of Lillooet). Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Hat Creek Rd. & Jackson Rd. Plan for highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 11:05 AM PDT. (DBC-12647)

Highway 97 – Road Condition

Highway 97. Heavy rain between Stephenson Rd and 26 Mile Frontage Rd for 34.3 km (Cache Creek to 4 km south of Clinton). Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Stephenson Rd. And 26 mile Frontage Rd. 5km¿¿¿s south of Clinton. Plan for highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 11:03 AM PDT. (DBC-12646)

Highway 1 – Both Directions – Road Condition

Highway 1, in both directions. Heavy rain between Cornwall Rd and Old Cariboo Rd for 7.8 km (2 km east of Ashcroft to Cache Creek). Potential for debris flows. No stopping during rainfall between Cornwall Rd. & Old Cariboo Rd.
Plan for Highway closure in event of heavy rain. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 11:02 AM PDT. (DBC-12645)

Highway 91 – Westbound – Incident

Highway 91, westbound. Vehicle incident between Boundary Rd and Exit 11: Westminster Hwy (Richmond). Left lane is blocked. Expect delays. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 9:40 AM PDT. (DBC-12644)

Highway 97C – Road Condition

Highway 97C. Fog patches between the start of Highway 97C and Brenda Mine Rd for 22.9 km (West Kelowna to 10 km east of Pennask Summitt). Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 9:32 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-32883)

Highway 97C – Road Condition

Highway 97C. Fog patches between the start of Highway 97C and Pennask Summit for 33.0 km (West Kelowna to Pennask Summitt). Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 9:32 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-32882)

Highway 97 – Road Condition

Highway 97. Limited visibility with fog between Kragbak Rd and Ross Rd for 51.5 km (8 km north of Wildwood to 39 km south of Quesnel). Fog patches. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 7:31 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-32881)

Highway 97C – Road Condition

Highway 97C. Watch for slippery sections between Trepanier Rd and Pennask Summit for 10.1 km (Pennask Summitt). Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 7:10 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-32880)

Highway 99 – Southbound – Incident

Highway 99, southbound. Vehicle incident at Massey Tunnel (Richmond). Right lane closed. Emergency vehicles on scene. Last updated Sun Oct 13 at 12:29 AM PDT. (DBC-12643)

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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.