January 04, 2016 - 8:30 AM
OKANAGAN - Temperatures are set to warm up this first week of 2016, and along with those warmer temperatures will be several days of snow.
Temperatures stayed at or below seasonal normal lows the past few days but after today are expected to be a bit warmer than the -6 Celsius that is typical at this time of year.
In the Vernon area a high of -7 C is expected today, Jan. 4, while Kelowna is expected to be just slightly warmer at -6 C and Penticton is forecast to hit -3 C. Temperatures will warm up by several degrees Tuesday and then a high of 1 C is expected Wednesday before the mercury dips back down to -2 C by Friday. The normal high at this time of year is -1 C.
Overnight temperatures are expected to be near seasonal normal lows of -6 C, except in Penticton where a low of just -3 C is expected tonight, but will warm up significantly during the rest of the week, when lows of just -2 C are forecast.
Snow is expected to fall over the region this week as well, with 4 cm to 8 cm expected by tomorrow morning and then another 2 to 4 cm expected during the day Tuesday. Tuesday night through Thursday there is at least a chance of flurries but then periods of snow are expected overnight Thursday.
Drive B.C. is reporting highways as having sections of compact snow and slippery sections, along with blowing snow on Highway 1 from Monte Creek through the Shuswap and in the North Okanagan. Fog is being reported on Highway 97C near Kelowna as well.
If you have some time off and were hoping to hit the backcountry this week, the avalanche risk is considered low to moderate throughout the region, according to Avalanche Canada.
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