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A second day of snow is blanketing the Nicola Valley today, with more in store for the weekend ahead.

With that, the message from Merritt's Bylaw Enforcement Officer Marguerite Kempin is a reminder that sidewalks have to be kept clear within 24 hours of the snowfall.

Also, shoveling snow onto roadways is against the law, so you need keep the snow on your own property.

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Highway  5 - Coquihalla Highway north of Merritt is closed southbound at the  Walloper Interchange (Logan Lake Exit) due to a semi-truck and cargo van accident.

Estimated time of reopening is unknown.

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Highway 5A 15 kilometres north of Merritt is now open to single lane alternating traffic with full opening expected by 9:30 this morning.

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Highway 5A 15 kilometres north of Merritt is closed until further notice due to a single vehicle accident involving a semi-truck.

There is no estimated time of opening at this point.

Road conditions between Merritt and Kamloops on Highway 5A are reportedly treacherous.

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As the weather turns to winter this week, there's a good chance it'll carry through to add a Christmas feeling to next weekend's Country Christmas festivities in Merritt.

Jim Steel of Environment Canada says by looking at the long range forecast, it's quite likely.

Country Christmas weekend of course, kicks off on the 25th with the Community Christmas concert  followed by a weekend of music and festivities.

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