December 18, 2014 - 9:06 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - The halls are decked, the trees are trimmed and the presents are wrapped, or at least bought, or at least thought of, but it doesn’t really feel like Christmas until there’s snow on the ground.
But will Mother Nature cooperate?
Right now, it’s not looking so good. With Environment Canada forecasting above normal highs through early next week, the last bit of remaining snow on the ground could easily disappear before Dec. 25, though a chance of flurries on Christmas Eve could help.
In Kamloops a high of 9 Celsius is being forecast for Sunday, though by Wednesday we can expect to be back down to near-normal temperatures of 1 C. Sunday is also bringing a 30 per cent chance of rain while the rest of the week is expected to be a mix of sun and cloud.
In the Okanagan, temperatures will reach a high of 6 C by Sunday and will also be back to near-normal at 1 C by Wednesday. Vernon and Kelowna face a 60 per cent chance of flurries or showers Thursday and Friday, followed by a 40 to 70 per cent chance of rain over the weekend.
Penticton will be a bit warmer through the next week, with highs of 4 to 6 C forecast through Tuesday and a 40 to 70 per cent chance of rain through Sunday.
By Christmas Eve the entire region can expect a high of 1 C and a 60 per cent chance of flurries. Normal temperatures at this time of year are a high of 0 C and a low of -5 to -7 C.
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