Winter is… still here.
The weather forecast for Castlegar is calling for snow overnight on Friday, continued cool temperatures on Saturday and possibly a little sun on Sunday.
“It looks like we’re going to continue with this light snow that we have right now. Temperature looking like it’s not getting above zero today,” said Chris Cowan, weather forecaster at the Southeast Fire Centre, on Friday morning.
He added that there will be a few centimetres of snow accumulated overnight, “probably tapering off in the early hours of tomorrow morning.”
The high for Friday is expected to be minus two and the temperature isn’t expected to drop much overnight.
Cowan said the rest of the weekend looks dry and there could even be “some sunny breaks” on Sunday, “especially over the higher terrain.”
On Saturday, Cowan said the temperature could rise above zero, “but I don’t have a lot of confidence in it. It could stay just around the zero mark. Even though it will be warming up at the higher elevations and, you know, people who are going up to the passes may see temperatures close to zero up in the alpine. But down in the valley with the cold air in place, it may not get too much above zero. “
On Sunday, temperatures in the valley should rise above zero.
Starting off the week, Cowan said Monday and Tuesday are expected to be dry and Tuesday things could warm up.
“We get into a southerly flow and that might warm things up to about plus four,” he said.
Cowan also said that it has been quite stormy the last couple of days and that could continue later next week.
“Especially the higher elevations have picked up a lot of snow and increased avalanche hazards,” he said of the last couple of days.
“But towards the end of the week, it’s a little early to say, but we may well get into a stormy pattern again with probably some wet snow or rain in the valleys and then more snow higher up,” he added.