It appears winter isn’t ready just yet to release its cold, icy grip on the South Okanagan.
Snow — anywhere from light to flurries — a north wind and plenty of chill is in the forecast for a good part of the work week, leaving Osoyoos facing temperatures five to 10 degrees below normal for this time of year.
Environment Canada has the light snow we received overnight — yes, there’s a blanket of the white stuff on the ground if you haven’t yet peeked outside — ending early this morning. But the north wind is expected to remain brisk at 20 km/h.
That means an expected high of -5 will feel more like -18.
The snow — up to five cm — is expected to return this evening, accompanied by more windy conditions to blow it around.
The snow-wind cycle is expected to repeat through Tuesday and Wednesday with highs between -4 and -5 and lows (with the wind chill) near -15.
Of course, the weather takes on added significance with highway travel.
Winter highway conditions — including compact snow and slippery sections and in some cases blowing snow — are reported on Hwy. 3 east and west of Osoyoos and north on Hwy. 97 from the border to beyond Vernon.
“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions,” the snowfall warning from Environment Canada says. “Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.”
The bright spot in this week’s forecast? The weather is nowhere near as bad as it is in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Conditions there have closed highways and schools, caused electrical blackouts and caused other headaches.