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Highway 33 Both directions – Single Lane Alternating Traffic

Bridge Maintenance 56.3 km north of Junction with Highway 3, in Rock Creek 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Fri May 25. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Fri May 25 at 7:03 am PDT. (ID# -69350)

Highway 1 Westbound – Drive Carefully

Road Maintenance on the Lynn Creek Bridge will be in effect today at 10:00 PM until May 25, 2018 at 5:00 AM. Right lane closure in effect, drive carefully. Updated on Thu May 24 9:59 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17535)

Highway 99 Northbound – Drive Carefully

Paving operations occurring northbound at the King George overpass starting May 24, 2018 at 10:00 PM until approximately 2:00 AM, May 25, 2018. Right lane blocked, drive carefully. Updated on Thu May 24 9:30 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17534)

Highway 1 Eastbound – Drive Carefully

Road Work east of 216th St. to 248th St. will be in effect today from 10:00 PM until 6:00 AM. May 25, 2018. Right lane closures in effect. Updated on Thu May 24 9:21 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17533)

Highway 1 Both directions – Heavy Delays

Vehicle incident has the highway blocked eastbound, along with one left lane blocked westbound. Assessment in progress, expect heavy delays and congestion. Updated on Thu May 24 7:38 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17532)

Highway 3 Both directions – Closed

Road will be closed in both directions 5 km east of Grand Forks because of Maintenance, 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Fri May 25. Updated on Thu May 24 at 5:57 pm PDT. (ID# -69342)

Highway 1 Both directions – None

Sweeping 4 km east of Sicamous to 12 km east of Sicamous (8 km), 7:00 am to 12:00 pm on Fri May 25. Updated on Thu May 24 at 5:06 pm PDT. (ID# -69347)

Highway 1 Westbound – Heavy Delays

Collision on the Ironworkers Memorial bridge has the left lane blocked, expect heavy delays and congestion. Updated on Thu May 24 3:09 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17531)

Westside Road Both directions – Single Lane Alternating Traffic

Wash Out 2 km north of Fintry. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic 24/7 until further notice. Updated on Thu May 24 at 2:25 pm PDT. (ID# 283524)

Highway 23 Both directions – None

Watch for rocks on Road from Revelstoke Dam to Mica Dam (141.5 km). Updated on Thu May 24 at 12:43 pm PDT. (ID# 283346)

Highway 3 Both directions – Single Lane Alternating Traffic

Construction .025km East of Junction with Highway 43 at Sparwood 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily starting May 22 through May 26. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic with minor delays. Speed Zone of 80km to 50km in effect. Updated on Thu May 17 at 3:04 pm PDT. (ID# -69206)

Westside Road Both directions – Single Lane Alternating Traffic

Wash Out 6.5 km south of Junction with Highway 97 North. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu May 24 at 10:02 am PDT. (ID# 283446)

Highway 7 Both directions – Drive Carefully

Road Work on Highway 7 between Dyke Road to Cartier Road will be in effect May 22 to May 25, 2018 from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. Updated on Thu May 17 6:14 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_17493)

Highway 1 Both directions – None

Parks Canada is undertaking road safety improvements in IIllecillewaet Curve, and pavement repairs in various locations in Glacier National Park until October 12. Working hours are 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. No work near IIllecillewaet Campground on Sundays. Expect speed reductions and delays up to 20 minutes. Be prepared to stop. No work on long weekends. . Updated on Thu May 24 at 12:28 pm PDT. (ID# -69341)

Highway 24 Both directions – Single Lane Alternating – 30 minutes delay

Paving 13 km west of Junction with Highway 5 North, in Little Fort 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Jun 22. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 30 minutes delay. Please watch for & obey the instructions of traffic control personnel.Updated on Thu May 24 at 11:06 am PDT. (ID# -69336)

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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.