Snow levels at lower elevations throughout the Okanagan could disappear this weekend

OKANAGAN - Mother Nature is playing nice this weekend, giving us warm temperatures perfect for playing in the valley and at local ski hills.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 7 Celsius in Penticton today, Jan. 22, while Kelowna and Vernon can expect highs of 5 C. Highs are expected to reach between 2 C and 5 C the rest of the weekend, still above the seasonal normal high of 0 C. Overnight temperatures are expected to hover near 0 C, except tonight in Penticton when the low is only expected to drop to 3 C. The seasonal normal low temperature throughout the valley is -5 C at this time of year.

Along with the warmer temperatures is at least a chance of showers today and tomorrow, followed by cloudy skies Sunday.

Up at Big White, a high of -1 C is expected today followed by highs of -3 C Saturday and Sunday. At least a chance of snow is expected every day as well with a chance of seeing the sun on Sunday afternoon. Silver Star is expected to see similar temperatures but with a bit more sun and a bit more snow — up to 10 cm is expected to fall today through Saturday.

Avalanche Canada is expecting a high risk of avalanche at the alpine level through Glacier National Park today, with other elevations at a considerable risk. The risk is also high in the alpine level of the North Columbia range and the alpine and below treeline levels of the South Columbia and Kootenay Boundary ranges.

Avalanche control will be taking place through the national park today. Southern Interior highways are offering a mix of winter driving conditions along with fog and pooling water this morning, according to Drive B.C.

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