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The Okanagan can expect a snowy New Year's Eve

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December 29, 2016 - 11:55 AM

OKANAGAN - It looks like we are in for a snowy New Year's Eve in the Okanagan.

Environment Canada says the temperature will peak at around -1 Celsius in the North and Central Okanagan today, Dec. 29, with the wind gusting up to 50 kilometres per hour and cloudy skies dropping up to 5 centimetres of snow. The chance of snow will diminish as we head into the evening, with a 60 per cent chance and low of -3 C.

Around Penticton it’s a different story today, as the South Okanagan will see temperatures above freezing, peaking at 2 C with some wind gusting up to 40 km/h. With that will be a 70 per cent chance of flurries or showers. Tonight it’ll drop to -2 C with flurries while the wind tapers off around midnight.

Tomorrow we can look forward to what may be the last sunshine of 2016 in the Okanagan. The forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 0 C in the North and Central Okanagan, while the south will be a bit warmer at 2 C. In the evening the whole valley should be around -6 C with cloudy periods.

New Year's Eve on Saturday is predicted to be a standard winter day for the Okanagan, with a high of -3 C, cloudy skies and periods of snow. That will continue as 2017 starts. While every one cheers the stroke of midnight it should be -4 C.

On New Year's Day, Jan. 1, we should wake up to another day of -3 C with clouds and a 60 per cent chance of snow. Those clouds should clear off at night though, as temperatures drop to -10 C.

Right now early next week looks to start 2017 off with some sunshine as Monday is forecast to be clear and Tuesday a mix of sun and cloud with highs around -5 C.

Currently there are still a pair of snowfall warnings in effect. Environment Canada has issued warnings for the Coquihalla and the section of Highway 1 between Eagle Pass and Rogers Pass. Visibility and sudden weather changes are concerns.

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