December 29, 2014 - 8:31 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Pull the scarves and gloves back out, the cold weather is back and by tonight much of the region will be at least 10 degrees lower than seasonal normals.
According to Environment Canada, temperatures will drop to -10 Celsius by this afternoon in Kamloops and winds will increase to 50 gusting to 70 kilometres per hour before returning to a less intense 30 gusting to 50 km/h tonight.
The Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton areas will are looking for highs of -3 to 0 C with the wind 40 gusting to 60 km/h this afternoon in both Kelowna and Penticton. There is also a 60 per cent chance of flurries throughout the Okanagan this morning.
Tonight temperatures are expected to drop to -11 C in Penticton, -14 C in Vernon and Kelowna and -15 C in Kamloops. Daytime highs will reach between -7 C and -10 C Tuesday while overnight lows will remain at least at -10 C for the following two nights. Highs of -6 C to -7 C are expected Wednesday and Thursday and by the weekend should warm up to just below the seasonal normal high of -1 C.
Temperatures have been recorded as low as -34 C during this time of year in Kamloops while Penticton has seen lows reach -26 C in record years.
Drive B.C. is reporting compact snow, slippery and slushy sections on most Interior highways. A blast of snow over the weekend dumped about 24 centimetres of snow at Pennask Summit on Highway 97C. The other mountain passes in the region had as little as 4 cm. Only about 2 cm of snow is expected on the passes this morning.
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