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Snow has arrived in the Okanagan

Snow can be seen falling in Vernon near Vernon Creek, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

OKANAGAN - The first blast of winter has hit the Okanagan as an system of cold, Arctic air makes it's way into the Interior.

While the snow is expected to let up overnight, Nov. 2, Environment Canada is calling for below normal temperatures for this time of year today and right through into the weekend.

A heavy snowfall warning has been issued for many of the high mountain passes in the Interior.

Today's forecast calls for five centimetres of snow in Vernon and Kelowna with up to 15 cm over higher terrain. The wind will pick up this afternoon with the temperature falling to 0 Celsius. The snow should end near midnight, turning to a chance of flurries, but not before another 10 cm hits the ground. The mercury will drop to -4 overnight.

In the South Okanagan, the forecast calls for two to four centimetres of snow today, with up to 10 cm over higher terrain. The snow level of 700 metres will drop to the valley bottom this afternoon and the temperature will fall to 1 C. Another 10 cm of snow is expected in Penticton tonight before it turns to a chance of flurries around midnight. A low temperature of -3 C is forecast overnight.

The weather office predicts clouds and a chance of flurries tomorrow in the Okanagan with a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon. High temperatures tomorrow should be around 0 C with an overnight lows of -7 C.

For the weekend, the forecast calls for clouds and highs of around -1 C both days. There is a slight chance of flurries on Sunday.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are highs of 6 C and lows of -1 C.

For the latest on weather warnings or the latest forecast, go to the Environment Canada website.

The most up-to-date highway conditions can be found on the Drive B.C. website.

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