The Southern Interior is at the start of another blast of winter weather.
Special weather statements have been issued for the Okanagan, the Shuswap, and others areas, warning of significant snowfall followed by a strong surge of arctic air this weekend.
Lisa West from Environment Canada says snow is forecast to begin early Saturday and continue through to the evening.
“It will bring some fairly significant snowfall amounts to the entire Southern Interior. For the Vernon area, we’re looking at seeing amounts of 10 to 15 centimetres by the time we get to late Saturday evening,” says West.
The highway mountain passes, like the Coquihalla, could see 15 to 25 cm’s.
Saturday night is when a new blast of Arctic air will arrive.
“We are expecting some moderate to strong winds, which could produce local blowing snow in some areas,” adds West.
West says temperatures will drop five to ten degrees the normals for this time of year.
“The highs into next week, are only around minus 5, with lows near minus 12, right through to mid week.”