Tuesday and Wednesday, residents across the Okanagan will feel the chill as temperatures hover around -19 C.
The cold front is due to a ridge of high pressure that is basically dominating the weather across the province, leading to clear skies and cool air.
Alyssa Charbonneau with Environment Canada says while temperatures will warm during the day, they are expected to dip down again overnight to about -20 C.
“This cold front is really a combination of cold arctic air over the Interior, cloud free skies overnight as well as long nights — which allows temperatures to drop down,” explained Charbonneau.
Osoyoos is the warmest spot in the Okanagan today with temperatures around – 9. To the north in the Shuswap it’s much colder as Salmon Arm sits about – 20 C.
Environment Canada is forecasting a cold air mass right through the week; however a frontal system will move down off the coast near the end of the week which will spread cloud — warming the temperatures for the Interior.
Thursday and into the weekend temperatures will hover around -9 C, warming even more by Saturday to -5 C across the Okanagan Valley.
“The cloud will help keep the overnight temperatures from dropping, with lows not dropping past – 10 C overnight by Saturday into Sunday,” said Charbonneau.
With the warmer temperatures residents in the Okanagan and Shuswap can expect to see flurries on the weekend, but no significant snowfall.
Charbonneau explains while Environment Canada isn’t predicting the forecast past next Monday, it’s anticipated temperatures won’t drop down again to the current -19 C and instead hover between -5 C and -10 C for the week of Jan. 9.
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