Expect five to 10 centimetres of snow by Saturday morning

More snow on the way

As the Okanagan finally transitions out of a week-long deep freeze, we can expect more snow to accompany the warmer temperatures.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist expects the next storm to hit the valley by midnight tonight.

"We are forecasting something like five to 10 centimetres in the lower elevations, and maybe locally 15 at higher terrains," said Lundquist.

"I would be surprised if we had snow all day tomorrow. It will probably end in the morning. The big warming is coming tonight, so that's the last of the snow for now."

Lundquist does expect more snow next week, with periods of snow forecast for Tuesday.

He says temperatures should continue to warm up, getting to -3 or -4 C around lake level Saturday, then getting to zero or above by Sunday or Monday.

Historically, Lundquist says after large snow events like the ones we have seen recently, people tend to equate it as one of the worst on record.

In fact, he says, the Central and South Okanagan are a little behind in terms of average yearly snowfall.

"In Penticton, we had about 32 centimetres by the midpoint of winter Jan. 15," he said. "We usually get about 59 in the winter, and winter was half over, and most of our snow comes in the first half of winter, so we were behind in Penticton."

Lundquist feels Kelowna is very similar, however, he says there is not a good measuring station in the Central Okanagan.

The North Okanagan, he says, has been hit hardest. Vernon normally gets about 1.4 metres of snow throughout a winter season. Up to the 15th, he says they have accumulated about 1.5 metres.

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