Return to more seasonal temperatures forecast in wake of record-setting warmth

Back to cooler December

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Following record-breaking temperatures on Wednesday in the Okanagan, the rest of December is forecast to bring more seasonal conditions and normal amounts of snow.

“Right now, it’s looking like overall we are expecting seasonal temperatures and seasonal levels of precipitation for the area, and that is the type of temperatures we’re actually seeing forecast for the weekend,” says Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson.

Some parts of the Okanagan reached 20 C on Wednesday.

However, the balmy weather is not expected to continue.

Temperatures will range from 2 to 4 C this weekend in the Thompson-Okanagan, with a chance of snow on Saturday.

Normal highs for this time of year are about freezing, says Coulson, with typical lows of -6 C or -7 C.

“Similar situation with respect to snowfall over the area ... Generally expecting to see seasonal amounts. That’ll be roughly 45 to 50 centimetres for many places in the Okanagan,” says Coulson.

He notes that it’s too early to tell how January and February weather conditions will play out – but early indications are it may be colder than usual.

“A little less confidence in what’s going to happen in those months,” said Coulson.

“But, overall, the models seem to be indicating temperatures expected to be a little bit cooler than normal through January and February and no real good handle on the precipitation forecast at this point in time.”

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