Weather

With bright blue days like this one, as shown in a file pic from December, it's easy to forget the Okanagan is just two weeks into winter. Next week, we'll be reminded of that, as temperatures plummet.

Winter is coming. No, really.

A snowfall warning has been issued for Kelowna by Environment Canada after a mild start to 2020.

Snow will begin falling on Monday, with the storm intensifying Monday night. Between 10 and 14 cm of snow are expected, Environment Canada says.

The advisory covers the Central and North Okanagan, but not the South Okanagan. The Okanagan Connector between Peachland and Merritt could be hit by 25-30 cms.

Wintry conditions come about after a mild weekend in which temperatures were reminiscent of early spring.

Saturday's high of 9.8 C in Penticton eclipsed records for Jan. 4 in the South Okanagan city that go back to 1942. Kelowna's mark of 7.7 C was three degrees off the record for the date, set just last year.

Since New Year's Day, the average daily high in Kelowna has been 6.8 C with overnight lows just under the freezing mark.

While daytime highs will remain slightly above the freezing point for the next few days, a sharply-cooler trend develops toward the weekend and beyond.

By Saturday, Environment Canada says, the high will be just minus 4 C with a 60 per cent chance of flurries.

Conditions then go from bad to worse, according to The Weather Network, which provides longer range forecasts. Sunday's high will be just minus 12 C, with an overnight low of minus 17 C.

Next Monday looks to be equally cold, before temperatures recover slightly to the range of minus 9 C for the duration of next week. On the bright side, literally, is the forecast of sun to accompany much of the looming cold snap.