Chilly weather to stick around Okanagan

Snow blanketed the Central Okanagan over the holiday weekend and it will likely stay put until the new year begins...

Snow blanketed the Central Okanagan over the holiday weekend and it will likely stay put until the new year begins, as mercury isn’t set to rise above 0 C until next week, says the national weather service.

“It’s going to be gloomy and overcast with the temperature hanging around -1 C,” said Lisa Coldwells, an Environment Canada meteorologist.

While the old snow is set to stay, Coldwells doesn’t see a lot more white stuff coming down in the days ahead.

“There will be light flakes, not more than a centimetre or so,” she said.

The weather system that prompted snowfall has settled in, and it’s not likely to create much more snow.

“The snowstorm that happened over the Boxing Day weekend was a classic example of a Pacific low pressure area coming in from the ocean and colliding with colder arctic air coming in from Northern Alberta,” she explained.

“They met over Central BC and in this case Arctic air won… it fell as snow all the way down to the surface. “

That battle of the skies made for a lot of shovelling down below, but those who placed bets on it  being a record-making snowfall are in for an upset.

UBC Okanagan measured that an extra 15 centimetres fell on top of a five-centimetre base over two days.

The record snowfall happened  on Dec. 26 1992 and that was 23.6 cm in one day.

“It’s nowhere near that record,” said Coldwells, adding that anything more than 10 centimetres will still be cause for more shovelling.


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