Okanagan 'lucky' weather

The Okanagan is getting lucky as much of the Central and North Interior is getting hammered by snow and bad weather.

Very different weather in the valley.

Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Yu explains how the temperature jumped four degrees Thursday morning, "Inversion causes the temperature to cool down near the valley bottom but the air aloft stays warm and in the morning when the sun starts to rise it stirs up the atmosphere somewhat. This morning there was enough movement to bring down the warm air and that's why we saw the temperature jump four degrees in an hour around 6:30 a.m. Thursday."

The bad news though, is it's not going to last.

Sunday, another unsettled weather system returns, bringing snow or rain.

Temperatures in Kelowna expected to be around -3 C.

Winter storm and snowfall warnings still blanket eastern and southeastern BC as a series of storms gradually move east.

Environment Canada is calling for as much as 25 centimetres of snow in the Yoho and Kootenay Park regions before the current wicked weather peters out.

That has prompted Drive BC to issue travel advisories warning of closures due to avalanche hazard on sections of Highway 1 and Highway 3, while travel on several other southeastern BC roads is not advised.

Weather warnings have been lifted for northwestern BC and Prince George, but those areas are still digging out from recent heavy snowfalls and Drive BC says avalanche hazard means a section of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Terrace won't reopen until Thursday afternoon.

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