Baby, it’s wet outside — and getting wetter

The view from through a front windshield on Hwy. 1 Wednesday afternoon. (Reneltta Arluk/Twitter)

Packing list for today’s travels about town: umbrella, boots, warm gloves, blankets, candles and a snow shovel.

OK, it’s not going to be quite that bad, but Osoyoos residents should be ready for a little bit of everything through the weekend if the plan to do any travelling — including around town.

The forecast for the South Okanagan is for “mixed precipitation” through next Tuesday, meaning rain when it’s warmer and snow overnight.

Highs of 5 to 7C are expected to be the norm, with lows of -1 to 2 overnight through the weekend and into Tuesday.

The wet weather is a result of a low pressure system that has stalled over Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

According to The Weather Network, that same system is expected to target southern BC with “heavy rain, snow, and strong winds.”

“With parts of the Gulf Islands just seeing power restored before New Year’s Eve, strong wind gusts and soaking rain again raise concerns of further power outages across the region,” it notes.

“On the heels of heavy snowfall, rising temperatures and gusty winds have increased the avalanche danger to ‘extreme’ for parts of the Coastal Mountains.”

While the snow and rain will likely be little more of a nuisance in the South Okanagan, the stalled system is creating dangerous conditions on BC highways, including Hwy. 3 between Princeton and Hope, where snow and freezing rain are creating slushy and slippery conditions.

Compact snow and slippery conditions are also reported on Hwy. 97C between Peachland and Merritt.

Hwy. 1 is reported to be closed between Revelstoke and Golden as crews deal with an extreme avalanche risk.

With 50 mm of snow expected to fall today and Friday, drivers are being advised against travelling at all between Sicamous and Golden.

Environment Canada is also reporting “a messy period” on the Coquihalla Highway this morning.

Snowfall, wind, rainfall and winter storm warnings are in effect for nearly two dozen regions across B.C.


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