Warmer weather sticking around in the Okanagan

Enjoying the warm temperatures and lack of snow along BX Creek Trail in Vernon.

OKANAGAN - The above-normal temperatures are expected to stick around at least a little longer in the valley, and that means another weekend of somewhat spring-like weather.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of between 5 Celsius and 7 C today, Feb. 19, throughout the valley, with a high of 6 C expected the rest of the weekend. Overnight temperatures are expected to dip as low as -0 C tonight and then -2 C the rest of the weekend. Seasonal normal temperatures at this time of year range from a high of 4 C to a low of -3 C.

The weather office is calling for a chance of showers today and Sunday, with a mix of sun and cloud throughout the weekend.

Expect highs of near 0 C at Big White and Silver Star this weekend, along with flurries today and Sunday, while backcountry users can expect moderate to considerable avalanche risk throughout the Interior, according to Avalanche Canada forecasts.

If you’re heading out on the highways this weekend watch for frost heaves through Glacier National Park and debris on several Interior highways, including Highway 5 between the Great Bear Snowshed and Hope. Drive B.C. is currently reporting a mix of compact snow, foggy sections and slippery sections across Interior highways, along with black ice on Highway 97 from Highway 1 to south of Falkland.

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