Alert: freezing rain warning for South Okanagan

On the heels of fresh snow overnight, a freezing rain warning is now in effect for the South Okanagan.

Environment Canada issued the warning around 7:30 a.m.

“Freezing rain has developed over the southwest interior this morning as warm, moist air from a frontal system spreads over a shallow surface layer of arctic air,” it said.

“A band of freezing rain is moving out of the Nicola and Similkameen regions and has spread over the South Okanagan.”

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break.

The band is expected to ease as it moves further northeast leaving only a risk of freezing rain elsewhere.

However, another band is expected to develop over the southwest Interior later this morning.

The freezing rain is expected to ease to flurries through this afternoon and evening as cooler air moves in aloft.

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