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Update: Heavy snow disrupts flights at Kelowna International

Kelowna - Expect snow in the Okanagan, Southern Interior and the Kootenays

Update: 3:25 p.m. Feb. 17.

The heavy snowfall which is blanketing the Okanagan has led to delays and cancellations at Kelowna International Airport.

Flights scheduled to arrive from Calgary at 2:50 p.m.and Vancouver at 2:30 and 3:55 have all been delayed. Delays range from 15 minutes to over an hour.

The flight to Calgary which was scheduled to depart the airport at 3:20 was delayed half an hour. The flight to Phoenix, Arizona has been pushed back from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the flight to Seattle at 3:51 has been cancelled entirely.

Some flights arriving from and departing for Edmonton, Seattle, Calgary have been cancelled and numerous other flights have been delayed.

Original story

A heavy snowfall warning remains in effect for the Okanagan, Southern Interior and the Kootenays.

“A strong Pacific low-pressure system will move eastward across northern Washington State today. Snow is forecast to begin early this morning and ease tonight. In addition, strong winds and areas of blowing snow are expected with the low. Total snowfall accumulations for the valleys will range between 10 to 20 centimetres with locally higher amounts, while the high elevation highway passes can expect 20 to 30 cm,” according to Environment Canada.

Snowfall alerts are also in effect for the Coquihalla Highway, Highway 3 and the Okanagan Connector. Snowfall on these highways is expected to reach between 15 to 25 cm.

For further weather updates check with Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

For road condition updates monitor DriveBC.

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