It’s beginning to look a lot more like a White Christmas.
While winter storm watches are in effect for the Boundary, West Kootenay and Elk Valley regions of the province, Environment Canada is also calling for snow to begin Tuesday in the South Okanagan — with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm expected.
The snow is expected to continue to fall through Wednesday.
The wintery weather is the product of a deepening Pacific low pressure system that will track up and across northern Washington state.
The system is expected to combine plentiful moisture with cool northerly winds near the surface. The result will be heavy snow starting tonight and continuing through Wednesday morning for most communities in the southwestern Interior and Kootenays.
The Arctic front will also bring colder air to the southern interior for the rest of the week.
With colder weather expected beginning Thursday — overnight lows will drop to between minus 10 and minus 15 and daytime maximums will be several degrees below zero — the expectation is for the snow to linger through the Christmas weekend.