Freezing rain en route

A freezing rain warning has been issued for the Okanagan Valley.

Environment Canada says freezing rain is expected Tuesday morning for Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton.

“An approaching Pacific system will spread warm, moist air over a thin layer of arctic air trapped in the southern interior valleys Tuesday morning,” stated Environment Canada.

Precipitation will fall as freezing rain at first and then quickly transition back to snow or rain.

Freezing rain is more likely over higher elevations for the South Thompson, central and southern Okanagan and West Kootenay where temperatures remain below the freezing mark.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery,” states Environment Canada.

The warning was issued at 10 p.m. on Monday.

Rainfall has started in some areas as of 11 p.m. Monday, and drivers should adjust to weather conditions.

A fog advisory is currently in effect and expected to persist through Monday night and dissipate early Tuesday.

Numerous areas across B.C. were also issued a freezing rain warning, including the Fraser Valley, North Thompson, Shuswap, Similkameen, South Thompson, West Columbia and West Kootenay regions.

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