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Slick surfaces send Okanaganites sliding

A thick blanket of snow fell over the Okanagan Wednesday, sending area residents sliding across slick surfaces.

The Westside was particularly hard hit by soggy flakes, and several collisions on Boucherie Road snarled traffic  during the morning commute.

Snow showed no signs of abating by noon, but  Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Ludquist, said that it would likely taper off by evening, with little more than flurries carrying on for the next couple of days.

"It's probably temporary," he said. "But we are heading into a slightly cooler pattern."

Cloudy skies will prevail from Friday through to Sunday, with highs ranging from -1C to -3C.

It's a fairly stark contrast to the rest of this winter's weather.

Until Wednesday, there had only been around 9 millimetres of precipitation compared to the average 39.

"We've had much less precipitation and snowfall this month," said Lundquist, noting that continued snowfall could close the gap quickly.

While valley bottom residents were rudely awakened by Wednesday's snowy assault, life up at Big White has been fairly snow-filled for the entirety of the season, and as to be expected all sliding was an entirely a welcomed experience.

"We are having a tremendous season," said Michael J. Ballingall, the mountain's vp of sales and marketing.

"We have had some of the most snow in North America. Just today, with the new snowfall, we've had 400 cm come from the sky, and our base is over 200 cm."

All the mountain's runs have remained open since the season started and Ballingall said there was record breaking attendance throughout the year.

Those looking for some vitamin D to go with their snow, also lucked out.

"It was sunny at Big White for nine days," he said. "It started snowing late (Tuesday) night."

Fresh snow, he said, would likely send a rush of locals up into the mountains, as Okanaganites don't like to ski unless it's in fresh powder.

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