A weather system moving in from the Pacific ocean will follow the Canada, U.S. border bringing 5-10 centimetres of snow to Salmon Arm before moving south into Montana. (Contributed)

Okanagan Shuswap to weather two snow storms this week

Systems are forecasted to bring 5-10 cm of snow each

The Okanagan and Shuswap are not out of the snowy woods yet with meteorologists forecasting two snow events to descend on B.C.’s Interior this week.

Bobby Sekhon, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, reports a system that moved through the Southern Interior Tuesday is the precursor to another system expected for Wednesday.

The Wednesday system Sekhon said will bring 2-4 centimetres of snow in Kamloops and 5-10 cm around Salmon Arm, and will taper off in the evening. Some snow will fall on Thursday but Friday’s system is expected to bring another 5-10 cm.

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“Friday afternoon and evening, that’ll be kind of a low pressure system moving through so that’s going to be packing a little bit more of a punch,” Sekhon said.

The Friday system, originating from the Pacific Ocean, will follow the Canada and U.S. border going through the Southern Interior before moving south into Montana.

Although February has a much lower average monthly snowfall compared to January, Sekhon said only time will tell if the February winter weather will be an anomaly.

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“Certainly it’s not uncommon to get snow into February, but we’ll just see how much more of it we get later in the month,” Sekhon said. “On average, February is a lot drier month for the Salmon Arm area and, even in terms of snowfall, a lot less average monthly snowfall than January.”


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