Okanagan-Shuswap: Ready for spring? Sorry, cold will persist around the valley

Environment Canada is forecasting cold and flurries

Happy first day of March.

Winter is making one last push across the valley and Okanagan Shuswap cities are looking at a mixed bag of conditions. So don your knit cap, slap on some sunscreen and make the best of it. Spring is about to be sprung.

First thing’s first, today’s forecast courtesy of Environment Canada:

In Penticton conditions will be mainly cloudy and there’s a high of 2 C expected. Flurries are forecast overnight. U

In Kelowna there’s a 30 per cent chance of flurries late this afternoon. The high temperature will be 1 C and it will get colder through the night.

In Salmon Arm flurries will end this morning then conditions will be mainly cloudy. There’s a 40 per cent chance of flurries late this afternoon and a high temperature of 0 C.

In Vernon the dust has cleared and conditions are mainly cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of flurries late this afternoon.

Tonight: The nighttime low around the valley expected to average around -9 C.

Will the sun come out tomorrow?: A little? It will be a chilly mix of sun and cloud around the valley.

On the roads:

Crews are still working to clear the rock slide on Highway 97, but the road at the site remains closed and a detour is still in place.

Steve Sirett, district manager, transportation with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, said the ministry now expects to have the highway open early next week.

The Callan Road detour remains open.

If you’re one of those who are travelling over the William R Bennett bridge, here’s some insight into that traffic. Use this quick and easy link to access the bridge cam.

Fun fact:

Are you familiar with the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory? It’s an internationally known facility for science and technology research and development related to radio astronomy and it’s in the valley, near Kaledan.

Home to NRC astronomers, astrophysicists, engineers and technologists, as well as visiting researchers and students from universities and astronomical observatories around the world, these facilities support the design and development of leading-edge instrumentation for new and existing telescopes.

Operating several telescopes on its extensive radio-quiet site near Penticton BC, DRAO also features laboratories and specialized equipment for design and construction of all aspects of radio-frequency instrumentation, from highly sensitive antennas and receiver systems to high speed digital signal processing hardware and software.

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