A snowfall warning has hit the North Okanagan.
Total snowfall accumulations of 10 to 20 cm are expected overnight in the region, including Vernon.
Environment Canada has issued the significant snowfall warning.
“A slow transition from a cold Arctic airmass to a milder but moist Pacific airmass will take place over the BC interior today and Saturday as a major Pacific storm approaches the BC coast and slowly shifts inland,” states the warning.
“An initial impulse of moisture will move across the interior today resulting in a band of snow producing up to five cm except five to 10 cm for northern sections of the central interior. The main portion of the storm will arrive in the west later this afternoon and spread to eastern sections of the interior early this evening.
Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 cm are forecast through tonight except lower amounts of near 10 cm are expected in the South Thompson and East Kootenay regions, most of the Okanagan region and for northern sections of the Fraser Canyon.
“Snow at times heavy will continue on Saturday in the west and North Columbias, West Kootenay, arrow slocan lakes, Kootenay Lake and Elk Valley regions where an additional 10 to 15 cm are expected. There is also the risk of freezing rain for regions near the US border.”
Due to the warning, the public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended. Visit http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-27_metric_e.html
The public should also be prepared to alter plans or in some cases avoid travel according to weather and road conditions. The forecasts may change slightly as the storm develops and moves inland.
Those travelling by air, or expecting guests arriving by air, are also encouraged to check arrival times at the Kelowna International Airport (www.kelowna.ca/CM/Page857.aspx) as a number of flights have been delayed.