Snow Storm Coming

A special weather statement in effect for the entire Okanagan including Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton.

Environment Canada says an approaching pacific front will track across Southern BC.  The Pacific moisture will combine with a modified Arctic airmass to giving snow to many Southwestern Interior and Kootenay regions and highway mountain passes. Snow will begin overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning with snowfall amounts of 5 to 15 cm expected by Thursday night before the snow tapers to flurries.   The North Okanagan is expecting about 10cm.

Snowfall warnings may be issued for these regions later Wednesday once computer models come to a consensus on the track of the system.

The risk for avalanches across B-C is expected to remain steady today before conditions worsen.    Avalanche Canada says the risk for avalanches across the South Coast range is moderate, while the risk for mountains from the Interior across to the Alberta border is considerable to high.  Changing weather conditions Thursday could increase the risk in many areas.  Even with moderate conditions, it says human-triggered avalanches are possible and anyone going into the backcountry is warned to be prepared and watch for any possible instability.

The body of a 36-year-old Calgary man who was caught in an avalanche east of Fernie has been recovered from the site.