Winter not quite over for area mountain passes.
Environment Canada issuing a special weather statement this morning.
Forecaster Gregg Pierce warning travellers there is potential for snow on both the Coquihalla and Okanagan Connector starting tomorrow afternoon, through the evening.
"It's going to rain tonight, then by late afternoon the snow level will drop from around 1,500m, to as low 800m. So, there is the potential for snow, which is not uncommon for this time of year."
Pierce is expecting between 10 and 15cm of snow to fall.
Aspen Planers threatening relocation if the cost of doing business in the City of Merritt continues to rise.
Woodlands manager Jerry Canuel making it clear to Mayor and Council last night during budget deliberations the sawmill cannot afford another tax increase, believing they are already paying their fair share.
"Aspen pays approximately $900,000 annually in property taxes. That's about 35% of the entire business taxes paid in Merritt. Our major industry tax rates are roughly nine times, or 900% higher, than the rates paid by residential tax payers. These rates are also three to five times higher than the industrial tax rates in many other interior communities."
Canual warns if the city continues to increase the cost to operate in it, the company will need to consider moving its operations elsewhere.
"An unfair tax burden often leads to industry consolidation, and relocation to business-friendly climates. One need not look very far to see the most recent examples of Tolko here in Merritt, and Lafarge in Kamloops."
Aspen Planers has operated in Merritt since 1959.
The sawmill directly employs over 200 people, and indirectly as many as 400.