25 cm more snow on way

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m.

If you thought the snow would end any time soon, think again.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton.

A short break in weather is expected tonight before the next round of snow, which could total up to 25 centimetres in some areas. 

"A storm system will cross Southern B.C. tomorrow, spreading another bout of heavy snow to the region," Environment Canada says.

The Southwest Interior is expected to be the hardest hit, where 15 to 25 cm are possible. 

"Snow will ease early Saturday morning as the system exits the region," the national forecaster advises.

Other areas are likely to see five to 15 cm.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

Kelowna has broken its snowfall record for this date in history.

Environment Canada meteorologist Allan Coldwells said its observation network at UBC Okanagan received about 18 centimetres of the white stuff Thursday afternoon. 

“It is definitely going to be a new record for today," he told Castanet.

The previous record for Dec. 28 was set in 1923 at 15.2 cm. 

"We have had some unofficial calls around 20 cm. I think it is going to be close to 20 cm,” he said.

The most snowfall Kelowna has ever received, on any given day was on Feb. 19, 1937, with 47 cm.

ORIGINAL: 12:30 p.m.

The Central Okanagan is on the verge of breaking a snowfall record set back in 1923.

Environment Canada confirms Kelowna is just a few centimetres away from surpassing the 24-hour record of 15.2 centimetres for Dec. 28.

“It does look like we are going to break that record the way things are happening right now,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Allan Coldwells. “That is a pretty long-standing record.”

The weatherman began tracking the snowfall at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

“I am pretty sure that with the records we already had, another two to five centimetres across the area will give record values," Coldwells said. “Fairly unusual event in terms of amount of snowfall.”

Looking ahead, another five to 10 cm is expected today, with about five more overnight.

Another five to 10 cm is expected Friday.

“Tomorrow, into the evening hours, that snow finally does end and the system starts to move off on Saturday morning, light snow remaining,” he said.

The weekend will be dry with below-normal temperatures on Saturday and into the start of next week.

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