Warm but wet week ahead in the Okanagan

It will be a warm but dreary week in the Okanagan this week.

OKANAGAN - With at least a chance of showers every day this week we could be in for a wet week, though the above normal temperatures should make it a lot more bearable.

Environment Canada is calling for highs in the 4 Celsius to 7 C range most days this week, though the Penticton area is expected to see highs reach up to 9 C. Temperatures are expected to dip to between 0 C and 4 C this week,

Seasonal normal highs are 0 C at this time  of year, while overnight lows are typically near -5 C.

At least a chance of showers is expected every day this week, along with cloudy skies.

The chance of precipitation extends to area highways, where up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected at some highway passes by Tuesday morning. Drive B.C. is reporting a mix of compact snow, slushy sections, slippery sections and black ice on Southern Interior highways this morning.

If you are heading into the backcountry be extra vigilant this week. Avalanche Canada is forecasting a high risk of avalanche in the North and South Columbia ranges as well as the Kootenay Boundary range for today and Tuesday. The risk of avalanche is considerable to high in Glacier National Park, where large areas of the park are closed for explosive avalanche control.

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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