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Posted: October 22, 2020

Arctic air to bring more snowfall to region

Environment Canada this morning issued a special weather statement in effect for most of the East Kootenay.

More early season snowfall is expected on Friday (Oct. 23) as Arctic air arrives. Below seasonal temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend.

“A low pressure system will pass just off Vancouver Island Friday morning and move onto the Washington coast Friday evening. Meanwhile, modified Arctic air will advance southward through the B.C. interior. By Friday afternoon, the Arctic front is expected to reach Kamloops and pile up against the east side of the Rockies,” Environment Canada reported.

“With a somewhat cool airmass already in place, widespread snow is expected from the Chilcotin and 100 MIle area to the Fraser Canyon and eastward to the Kootenays and parts of the Columbias. Snow may become mixed with rain over southern and eastern portions of this area. Currently, forecast snowfall amounts range from five to 15 cm.

“In the wake of the low, a drying trend begins on Saturday as the Arctic air spreads through the rest of the southern interior. Temperatures of 10 degrees below seasonal normals are expected through the weekend.”

Environment Canada’s special weather statement does not cover Kootenay National Park, though winter conditions will persist in the park over the weekend.

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