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Sunny, cold week ahead in the Okanagan after dump of snow

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January 09, 2017 - 10:43 AM

OKANAGAN - Following the recent heavy snowfall in the Okanagan, the forecast is calling for some sunshine and cold temperatures.

There’s a chance of flurries across the region today, Jan. 9, according to Environment Canada, as the valley should sit around -3 Celsius. The North and Central Okanagan should get some periods of light snow tonight while the temperatures drop to about -10 C, while the South Okanagan is forecast to hit -6 C overnight with flurries instead of light snow.

Tomorrow sunshine will break through in Penticton with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -5 C, though it may feel colder due to a 30 kilometres per hour wind in the morning. In Kelowna and Vernon it’ll be a mainly cloudy day with the high reaching -7 C and the wind gusting to 20 km/h. Tomorrow night is when temperatures for the entire Okanagan are going to drop significantly, with -17 C the expected low on a clear night.

The mix of sun and cloud will continue through to Friday. Wednesday will see a high of -10 C and a low of -15 C overnight. The forecast high on Thursday is -10 C with an overnight low of -14 C, and Friday will have a daytime high of -9 and an overnight low of -11.

Things should warm up a bit over the weekend as Saturday is forecast to reach -5 C and Sunday should make it to -1 C.

Most of these temperatures are cooler than typical for the Okanagan this time of year. Season normal temperatures are highs of about -1 C and lows around -8 C.

For anyone heading to the coast today, Jan. 9, beware of a snowfall warning currently in effect for the Coquihalla highway from Hope to Merritt. Another 10 to 15 cm of snow could fall by this afternoon.


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