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Cooler weekend ahead with rain or snow possible for Remembrance Day

Kamloops and the Okanagan will be experiencing a shift back to seasonal temperatures in time for this weekend, with snow or rain possible on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
November 06, 2020 - 6:30 AM

As the weekend approaches, it may be time to get the winter jackets out as some unseasonably warm weather comes to an end.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says colder air is moving into Kamloops and the Okanagan today, Nov. 5, and will possibly be followed by some modified arctic air for the weekend.

“Nothing too extreme for now, but we’ll see a return to more normal conditions and temperatures a couple of degrees below norms,” he says.

Lundquist says the warm days of late have been way above average for this time of year.

Kamloops’ forecast high of 13 Celsius for today, Nov. 6, is 6 C above that city’s normal daily high for early November.

Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton’s high of 14 C is 9 C above the valley’s seasonal norm of 5 C.

But Lundquist says weekend temperatures are going to be back around seasonal levels under sunny skies but a more typical pattern of clouds and unsettled conditions should return by Monday.

Daytime highs in Kamloops and the Okanagan are expected between 2 and 4 C, compared to normal highs of 7 C in Kamloops and 5 C in the Okanagan.

Weekend overnight lows could dip to -5 C on Sunday night.

There are no major snow or rain events in the weekend forecast.

Looking ahead to Remembrance Day, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, the forecast calls for clouds and a high of 4 C in Kamloops, and clouds with a 60 per cent chance of snow or rain and a high of 3 C in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.

Elsewhere in Canada, The Weather Network’s meteorologist Doug Gilham is forecasting a winter storm for the prairies that could “completely shut down travel across a large part of the region.” The storm could break November records for snowfall, with 30 to 60 cm expected in some areas through Sunday.

The prairie forecast contrasts sharply with Ontario's, where Toronto is expected to see a high of 19 C on Saturday. The unseasonably warm temperatures are expected to remain on the high side through the end of next week, with the potential for consecutive-day warm temperature records broken in that province.

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