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Wintery weather could be over for Okanagan residents

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If you don’t like winter, then it is certainly an ideal time to be a resident of the Okanagan where locals are enjoying above average temperatures.

If you don’t like winter, then it is certainly an ideal time to be a resident of the Okanagan, where locals are enjoying above-average temperatures.

Environment Canada’s Jonathan Bau tells Global News there are winter storm warnings and watches in effect for a number of mountain passes to start the work week, most notably along the Trans-Canada Highway between Eagle Pass and Rogers Pass.

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“For tonight, (expect) 10 to 20 centimetres of snow. Then for Monday, a further 15 cm, and that’s in addition to the 5 to 10 cm for the day period Sunday. That’s why we’re seeing upwards of 40 cm for the total,” Bau said.

There is also up to 25 cm on the way at the Coquihalla and Alison Pass summits; another system expected to cause treacherous driving conditions and likely closures.

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But for anyone wondering if this could be one of the milder winters on record for the region, Global News Meteorologist Yvonne Schaelle tells us — not quite.

“So far, December was the ninth warmest on record and January the seventh warmest on record. February, we had that cold snap and we may be colder than normal — we’ll have to wait until the end of the month to see,” Schaelle says.

“But with the warmer temperatures over the past few days, I’m sure many are hoping for an early spring.”