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Okanagan warming up a bit as Christmas approaches

December 19, 2016 - 11:30 AM

KELOWNA - December’s chilly start in the Okanagan will let up a bit as we head towards 2017, but with the change in temperature comes some snow.

Environment Canada is calling for a mix of sun and cloud today in the valley, Dec. 19. The mercury will climb to -2 Celsius in Kelowna and Penticton, and -4 C in Vernon. A brisk wind in Penticton today will produce local blowing snow. The snow will return tonight, with 5 to 10 centimetres expected as the temperature drops to around minus 4 C overnight.

Tomorrow the temperature will rise to around the freezing mark, with anywhere from 2 to 5 centimetres of snow.

It will be cloudy on Wednesday and we may see some melting with a forecast high of 2 C and a low of -1 C.

On Thursday and Friday, the snow will return with a high of 1 C on Thursday and 0 C on Friday.

It's looking cloudy for the Christmas weekend. 

The forecast calls for a 30 per cent chance of flurries and a high of 0 C on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day on Sunday will be cloudy with a high of -2 C.

If you are planning to travel on the highways in the Southern Interior today be aware of the snowfall warning for mountain passes in the region.

Environement Canada has issued the snowfall warnings for the Trans Canada Highway from the Rogers Pass to Eagle Pass, and from the Kootenay Pass to the Paulson Summitt on Highway 3.

For the latest highway conditions go to Drive BC.

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