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Temperatures continue to climb in the Okanagan

Members of the North Okanagan Naturalist Club and their kids got together to walk along the Grey Canal Trail, BX Creek to Maddock Road, to soak in the sunshine, admire views and wildlife Saturday, Feb. 7, 2016.
Image Credit: Contributed/Claude Rioux
February 09, 2016 - 8:27 AM

OKANAGAN - After a beautiful Family Day long weekend, Mother Nature will continue to offer up warm temperatures, but they could come with more rain.

Environment Canada is calling for highs of 5 Celsius today, Feb. 9, with temperatures expected to hit 8 C later this week. Overnight lows are expected to vary from -1 C to 4 C throughout the region, with tonight expected to be the coolest. Seasonal normal temperatures for mid-February range from a high of 2 C to a low of -4 C.

The weather office is calling for cloud this morning, except over higher terrain in the North and Central Okanagan, with the skies expected to clear this afternoon, while a mix of sun and cloud is expected for the Penticton area all day. Cloud is expected to block out the sun the rest of the week throughout the Okanagan Valley, with at least a chance of showers beginning Wednesday night.

If you are hitting the highways after an extended long weekend watch for slippery sections and fog patches on many Interior highways. Avalanche control will also be taking place on Highway 1 and Highway 93 near the B.C.-Alberta border this afternoon, and is expected to cause some delays. 

Avalanche risk throughout the Southern Interior ranges from considerable to high, according to Avalanche Canada, which notes the warming temperatures are expected to weaken surface snow layers, ‘making cornices extra fragile and possibly wake up deeply buried weak layers.’ The risk is expected to lower slightly Wednesday and Thursday.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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