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Warm weather sticking around just a bit longer in the Okanagan

Kalamalka Park this week.
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December 11, 2015 - 8:49 AM

OKANAGAN - It seems our stretch of well-above seasonal normal temperatures is coming to an end, but we still have a few slightly warmer days ahead of us.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 3 Celsius today, Dec. 11, in the Vernon and Kelowna areas, with a high of 4 C expected in Penticton. Temperature highs and lows are expected to range from -2 C to 4 C over the weekend but will mostly stay below seasonal normal highs of 0 C early next week.

Along with the above-normal temperatures we can expect a mostly cloud today along with a chance of rain or flurries this morning, followed by a chance of rain or flurries beginning in the late afternoon Saturday with periods of rain and flurries overnight. In Penticton winds are also expected to gust up to 60 kilometres per hour beginning Saturday afternoon. A chance of showers will persist Sunday and Monday.

Up at the ski hills more than 14 centimetres of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours at Silver Star Mountain while Big White has received 11 cm. Weekend highs are expected to reach as high as -2 C.

Drive B.C. is reporting compact snow along with slushy and slippery sections on many Interior highways this morning.

The avalanche risk at all alpine levels in the Interior are at a considerable risk according to Avalanche Canada, while the below treeline levels of the North and South Columbia ranges are also a considerable risk. By Sunday all levels of the Columbias are expected to be a considerable risk while the above treeline level of the Kootenay Boundary will likely increase to considerable by Sunday.

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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