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Get ready for more snow in the Okanagan

The maple syrup season is coming to an end in the Okanagan, extended a few extra days by this week's cooler temperatures. By midweek next week, it will probably be over as temperatures are expected to reach the mid teens Celsius.
March 12, 2020 - 11:31 AM

There’s at least one more blast of winter left for the Okanagan with a system expected to bring snow and cold tonight through tomorrow.

Some residents could have snow shovelling to do tomorrow as parts of the valley floor are expected to receive between five and 10 centimetres of snow on Friday, March 13, along with a temporary plunge in temperatures.

Still, the Okanagan forecast isn’t as bad as what residents in Southern Alberta could experience tomorrow into Saturday.

That region is bracing for a winter storm following a warning issued by Environment Canada that could see more than 15 cm of snow in Calgary and as much as 40 cm in other parts of the province over the next two days. Temperatures are expected to dip to -19 Celsius with windchills of -29 C and a risk of frostbite on Saturday in Calgary.

Environment Canada says to expect a mix of sun and cloud in the Okanagan today, March 12, accompanied by a 30 per cent chance of flurries or showers this afternoon with a high of 7 C.

Snow beginning Friday could see as much as five cm in Vernon and Kelowna with the wind becoming north at 30 km/h gusting to 50 in the morning. It’s going to feel pretty chilly overnight with a low of -1 C in Vernon and Kelowna along with a windchill to -8 C.

Penticton could see between five and 10 cm of snow Friday with north winds at 30 km/h gusting to 60 in the afternoon and a high of 1 C.

Cloudy, windy conditions are expected to persist through Saturday, with a high reaching only 0 C, before skies clear on Sunday.

Sunday’s high of 3 C is expected to be the start of a string of sunny days lasting through midweek, with temperatures climbing to 13 C by Wednesday.

Normal temperatures at this time of year in the Okanagan are highs of 8 C and lows of -2 C.

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