Wet weekend could clear the air in the Okanagan

The temperatures will continue to stay above seasonal normals but will come with some showers in the Okanagan this weekend.

OKANAGAN - The temperatures will continue to stay above seasonal normals but will come with some showers this weekend.

Environment Canada is calling for temperatures to reach highs of 7 Celsius to 9 C in the Vernon area while temperatures are expected to reach into the double digits in the Central and South Okanagan this weekend.

Overnight lows are forecast to reach either 2 C or -2 C throughout the region Friday and Saturday night, except in the Penticton area, where temperatures are expected to only dip to 5 C tonight.

Seasonal normal temperatures for this time of year range from a high of 5 C to a low of -2 C.

The above-seasonal normal temperatures will likely be accompanied by a mix of sun and cloud today, followed by a chance of showers tonight, Feb. 26 and tomorrow morning and showers on Sunday.

Those showers could help reduce the amount of dust in the air, which has prompted a road dust advisory for the Vernon area.

If you’re not quite done with winter and are planning to head up to Silver Star or Big White this weekend, expect highs ranging from -1 C to 3 C along with a mix of sun and clouds. Flurries are also expected every day, beginning tonight, with accumulations of two centimetres expected Saturday and up to 5 cm Sunday.

Avalanche risk is expected to range from low to considerable across the region this weekend, according to Avalanche Canada. The forecasting agency notes there have been numerous natural and person-triggered avalanches this week and extra caution is required, especially during the heat of the day.

Expect at least chance of showers this afternoon and evening along Highway 5 followed by wet snow late in the evening at the Coquihalla Summit and flurries at high elevations further north on the highway. A chance of showers is expected late this afternoon and evening on the Okanagan Connector, followed by evening flurries, and periods of wet snow are expected on Highway 3 beginning this evening. You can also expect a few flurries at the higher elevations on Highway 1 tonight.

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