Okanagan flirting with spring-like temperatures

OKANAGAN - Mother Nature has been dishing out warmer temperatures most of February and the last week of the month is expected to be much the same.

Environment Canada recorded a high of 10.1 Celsius in Penticton over the weekend, well above the seasonal normal high of 4 C this time of year in the Okanagan Valley. Temperatures are expect to range from 5 Celsius in Vernon to 7 C in Kelowna and Penticton today, Feb. 22, with tomorrow expected to be a couple of degrees cooler. By Thursday temperatures are expected to be back up to 9 C throughout the valley.

Overnight lows are expected to range from 0 C to -5 C this week, within a couple degrees of the -3 C seasonal normal low for this time of year.

A mix of sun and cloud is expected throughout the region this week, with a chance of flurries this morning in Vernon as well.

Drive B.C. is reporting a mix of winter driving conditions on Interior highways, including compact snow, slushy sections and slippery sections. Debris on the road has closed one southbound lane on the Coquihalla Highway from the Portia Interchange to the Box Canyon chainup area.

Periods of snow or flurries are expected to end this morning at the mountain passes of Highway 3 and Highway 1, though a chance of snow remains from the Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass area through tonight.

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