Earliest snow since 2006

UPDATE: 10 a.m.

A snow-laden tree came crashing down on a car in Kelowna's Pandosy area this morning.

Branches of the large tree fell on a Volkswagen Golf, damaging the vehicle.

ORIGINAL: 8:30 a.m.

Okanagan residents woke up to a mid-winter wonderland Friday, despite the first day of winter being more than a month and a half away.

About 7.5 centimetres fell at Kelowna International Airport through the night, while higher elevation areas like Kettle Valley and Mount Boucherie were hit with upwards of 20 cm.

The last time Kelowna was hit with a snowfall this early was in 2006, when five cm of snow was recorded at the airport on Nov. 2.

The mountain passes were hit hard by the storm, with 36 cm falling on the Connector through the night, causing closures.

While snow continues to fall in downtown Kelowna at 8 a.m., it's expected to taper off later in the morning.

Winter weather will stick around into the weekend though, with temperatures hovering around -2 C. The overnight low is expected to dip to -8 C Sunday night.

The snow is also expected to return Saturday night, with one to two centimetres expected in the valley.  

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