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Penticton avoids snow; Kamloops, Vernon get hit with wet flurries

Kamloops foreman Justin Ralston (left) and Penticton golfer Barclay Allen (right) are dealing with their communities' weather in their own way.
March 12, 2013 - 1:28 PM

By Shannon Quesnel

Penticton has another thing to be thankful for, besides its dozens of wineries, sandy beaches and fabulous views – no snow.

Mother Nature dumped several centimetres of the white stuff today on Kamloops, Kelowna and Vernon last night and today. The snow was expected to stop by noon. Summerland  escaped winter's leftovers with some rain.

In Penticton it has been scattered clouds and plenty of sunshine. Environment Canada has predicted a high of 10 C, a 30 per cent chance of showers and a 20-kilometre-per-hour southerly wind.

Environment Canada meteorologist David Jones is not surprised. He said Penticton and Osoyoos have been protected by today's west coast storm thanks to westerly winds and the Okanagan mountains.

“The next four days you are going to be in this rain shadow,” he said. “With the mountains to the west there is no participation possible under those conditions.”

He added the bad weather has started up again in Vernon and north of Kelowna after checking his computer at his Vancouver office.

A few citizens have said nice spring weather has been late but Jones didn't agree.

He said these temperatures are in the same range as last year's. In Penticton it's going to be 15 C tomorrow and on Thursday it will be 11 C with a chance of rain.

On Friday, it's expected to be a mix of sun and clouds with a high of 12 C. Saturday is pretty much the same as Friday. On Sunday it will be a high of 8 C with a 30 per cent chance of showers. Kamloops, Vernon and Kelowna are expected to roughly follow this pattern.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065.

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