Sunshine and milder temperatures expected for the long weekend in the Okanagan

Mount Christie near Skaha Lake south of Penticton.

KELOWNA - The snow may be causing chaos now, but that’s likely short lived as positive temperatures and sunshine are expected this weekend.

Environment Canada is forecasting snow today, Feb. 9, for the North Okanagan, with another 5 centimetres expected, while the Central Okanagan will be receiving periods of snow and the South Okanagan can expect flurries. Throughout the Okanagan a high of -2 Celsius is expected. As we head into the evening flurries are predicted, with a low of -2 C.

The warming trend starts tomorrow, with a high of 2 C, clouds and a 60 per cent chance of flurries in the morning, turning into wet flurries or rain showers in the afternoon, in particular in the South Okanagan. In the evening, the wet flurries will turn to showers as the temperature drops to -3 C overnight.

On Saturday, the forecast calls for a a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 5 C during the day, dropping to -4 C at night.

Sunday is expected to be similar, with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 4 C during the day and low of -4 C during a clear night. Family Day, on Monday, Feb 13, will be similar again, with a mix of sun and cloud, high of 5 C and low of -3 C.

Currently Drive B.C. and Environment Canada have issued warnings for highways east and west of the Okanagan region as Highways 1 and 3 are closed due to avalanche risks. Avalanche Canada is also listing the avalanche risk for regions east of the Okanagan as ‘considerable.’

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