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Cold weather keeping shoppers away in Kelowna

Relatively short lines at Kelowna's Best Buy today, Dec. 26, 2017.

KELOWNA – The near record-breaking cold seems to have put a chill on this year's Boxing Day crowds.

A Best Buy employee at Orchard Park Shopping Centre couldn’t give his name or speak for the company but says compared with last year, lines have been relatively short and crowds manageable.

“It’s not a lot slower but it’s noticeable,” she says.

An Orchard Park security guard who opened the doors this morning says there were only a couple people waiting.

“It’s probably the weather and online (shopping),” Trevor says. “Most stores will have sales all week so we weren’t expecting (lines) before we opened.”

By 11 a.m. the wait to make a purchase at Best Buy was roughly 15 minutes, but Trevor says that is as short as it gets on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

“This afternoon will be packed,” he says. “Wish me luck.”

Environment Canada predicts a high of -10 Celsius in Kelowna and Vernon today and a high of -7 C in Penticton. There is a 30 per cent chance of flurries overnight in Kelowna, with overnight lows around -11 C.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are highs of -2 C and lows of -8 C.

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