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Snow is falling but rain is on the way

The snow has started falling in Kelowna and around the Okanagan but according to Environment Canada is won't be around for long.

“The whole flow pattern is changing a little bit, it is becoming more westerly, and as it does so we will get a few flurries -- maybe a couple centimetres of snow and then by the weekend, (it will) really starting to warm up,” explains Environment Canada Meteorologist Doug Lundquist.

Lundquist says we may see a few centimetres this afternoon and tonight with a few chances of flurries over the next few days, but rain is back on the weekend.

“Basically later today (Tuesday) and maybe tonight we will see a couple centimetres of snow and chance of flurries tomorrow and Thursday and then by the weekend we are turning over to rain and highs of about five or six degrees.”

Highways do not appear too bad for motorists travelling in and out of the interior right now, but that also will change with the warmer storm coming this weekend.

“Yes there is a bit of snow now, but there will be a much more significant event on the weekend with really messy highways in the high terrain,” says Lundquist.

He recommends that those traveling on the highways this weekend, especially over the connector and Coquihalla, to pay close attention to DriveBC and weather reports as conditions could get very bad this weekend.

As for whether Kelowna will see some real winter conditions in the future, Lundquist says that's not likely.

“It looks pretty mild for the next couple of weeks, so we might get a cool off towards the end of next week but that is a long ways a way, right now we are looking at a warm up pattern.”


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