Cooler, drier weather on the way in the Okanagan
After significant snowfall in the valley over the weekend and Monday morning, Environment Canada is forecasting little to no snow for the rest of the week.
“We have an arctic high pressure system building over the north. Right now it’s in the northern Interior of B.C. and it’s pushing down so it’s going to keep the area dry for a little while,” says Environment Canada forecaster, Greg Pearce.
Pearce says about 15 centimetres of snow fell in the Okanagan from Saturday night to Monday morning, seven centimetres fell overnight on Sunday and eight centimetres overnight on Saturday.
While there may be some flurries in the valley, no significant snow fall is expected over the next week. Pearce says cooler, drier weather is on the way.
“The temperatures are going to cool down, we are looking at overnight lows down to minus 10 for Wednesday night and Thursday night and daytime highs will be in the minus four and minus seven range,” says Pearce.
He says the cooler air coming down from the north, paired with a few lingering clouds will lead to some murky conditions in the valley but up on the mountains, the conditions will be sunny.
“If you’re going up to Big White or Silver Star or any ski resorts in the area, it’s going to be a lot of sunshine,” says Pearce.
He says the cooler, drier weather is expected to last right until the middle of next week.
The record snow fall in the valley for the month of December was 23.6 centimetres on December 26, 1992, according to Pearce.