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Both snow and rain in this week's Okanagan forecast

Okanagan residents can expect to wake up to several more centimetres of snow on the ground Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.
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OKANAGAN - A wintery start to the week in the Okanagan will give way to rising temperatures which will turn the snow to rain.

Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon says more snow is expect to fall starting sometime tonight, Dec. 10, in the Okanagan and continue through Tuesday before changing to rain.

Today the valley should see mostly cloudy skies with the wind picking up out of the south at 20 km/h and a high of 2 Celsius. Up to two centimetres of snow is expected to fall overnight with a low of -4 C and a wind chill of -6 C.

The snow will continue tomorrow with another two to four cm expected. A southerly wind at 20 km/h will make the high of 1 C feel more like -7 C.

Sekhon says the Coquihalla Highway could receive between 12 and 25 cm of snow between Hope and Merritt overnight Tuesday through Wednesday morning, with six to 10 cm on the highway between Merritt and Kamloops.

More snow is expected on the valley floor in the Okanagan through Tuesday night with a low of -2 C expected.

The snow turns to rain showers on Wednesday with a high of 4 C and a low of 1 C.

On Thursday expect a mix of sun and clouds with a high of 4 C and a low of 1 C.

The rain returns Friday with an anticipated high of 5 C and a low of 0 C.

Normal temperatures at this time of year in the Okanagan are highs of around -1 C and lows of about -7 C.

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