Warmer weekend ahead for the Okanagan

Image Credit: Silver Star Mountain Resort via Facebook

OKANAGAN - After cooler temperatures and lots of snow over recently, this weekend marks what should be a welcome break for many in the Kamloops area.

Environment Canada is calling for highs to be just above seasonal normals of -1 Celsius all weekend, with Penticton expected to reach 2 C today, Jan. 8, and tomorrow, but overnight temperatures will range from just 0 C to -4 C, well above the seasonal normal of -6.

Along with the warmer temperatures we can expect a mostly cloudy weekend, along with a chance of flurries or rain this morning through Saturday. Fog is expected to dissipate this morning.

If you’re heading out on the highways today expect a mix of compact snow, slushy sections and slippery sections, as well as fog patches on some parts of the Coquihalla Highway, Highway 97C and Highway 3.

The warmer temperatures and low to moderate risk of avalanche throughout the region could make for ideal backcountry play or ski time this weekend as well. Temperatures are expected to reach between -3 C and -6 C at Big White and Silver Star ski hills this weekend while Avalanche Canada is calling for a low to moderate risk of avalanche throughout most of the region, with only the alpine level in the Kootenay Boundary range showing a considerable risk.

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