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Milder temperatures and no snow in Okanagan weekend forecast

This wintery South Okanagan scene, Thursday, March 7, 2019 will hopefully be a distant memory by next week as seasonal temperatures are expected to return to the Okanagan over the weekend.
March 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

OKANAGAN - The end of wintery weather could be in sight for the Okanagan as daytime high temperatures are expected to reach double digits by the middle of next week.

Valley residents aren’t alone in thinking winter had been hanging around a little too long this year, as the rest of the country continues to have their own issues with an over extended winter season as well.

Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon says snow fell last night and continued to fall this morning, March 7, on parts of the Lower Mainland, where snowfall amounts ranged from nothing to 12 centimetres. Sekhon says the “tricky” weather pattern delivered sporadic, spotty amounts of snow throughout that region.

In Edmonton, the Weather Network reports the Edmonton International Airport will likely record its first temperature above the freezing mark in 38 days as the forecast calls for temperature to rise above 0 Celsius briefly on Monday. Further east in southern Ontario, the Weather Network says below average temperatures are expected to be replaced by spring-like temperatures, but not before a significant storm Saturday night brings rain or freezing rain.

Sekhon says an end to the Okanagan’s deep freeze is in sight, with temperatures expected to rebound to close to seasonal norms by the end of the weekend.

The latest round of snow overnight and early this morning in the valley will be followed by mainly cloudy skies today and a 30 per cent chance of flurries. Between 6 and 12 cm fell in last night, with heavier amounts in the south end of the valley.

Today's daytime high will be around 4 C, followed by a 60 per cent chance of flurries tonight with a low of -5 C.

A mix of sun and cloud should prevail tomorrow with a 40 per cent chance of flurries in the morning and early afternoon. Expect a high of 3 C and a low of -5 C.

The weekend will give way to sunny skies with highs of around 3 C on Saturday and about 5 C on Sunday with overnight lows of -7 C and -4 C respectively.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 10 C on Wednesday.

Normal temperatures at this time of year in the Okanagan are highs of around 7 C and lows of about -2 C.


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