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Okanagan, Kamloops may say good-bye to Arctic air this weekend: Environment Canada

This week's blast of Arctic air is expected to begin moderating this weekend.
February 11, 2021 - 10:57 AM

This winter’s first deep freeze in the Okanagan and Kamloops is coming to an end, and hopefully temperatures will begin their upward climb this upcoming long weekend.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says this week’s cold snap should be a memory by early next week.

“The warm up should begin Sunday or Monday, with temperatures getting back to average on Tuesday or Wednesday,” Lundquist says.

He says Kamloops and the Okanagan rarely come out of a deep freeze like this one without some precipitation falling during the transition. He expects a few centimetres of snow to fall as the temperatures begin warming during the latter half of the Family Day long weekend.

“That’s likely going to make for some nasty driving conditions. It’s a little too soon to say how much snow will fall, or whether that will be combined with freezing rain,” Lundquist says.

Kamloops and Vernon are expected to see overnight lows of -22 Celsius and -19 C tonight, Feb. 11, and tomorrow night before temperatures begin moderating on Saturday night.

Kelowna should see lows of -21 C and -19 C, while Penticton should see temperatures dip to -16 C and -19 C respectively, with daytime highs ranging from -14 C in Kamloops to -9 C in Penticton today and tomorrow.

Could this be the first and last Arctic blast this winter? A look at the long-term forecast from Accuweather for February and March shows no sign of the Arctic air returning.

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