Castlegar received 24.6 millimeters of water equivalent producing 18.2 centimeters of snow Thursday and over Thursday night. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

More snow not expected in Castlegar until next week

There's little chance of snow over the weekend, but you can expect more precipitation next week.

There’s little chance of snow over the weekend, but you can expect more precipitation next week, according to the local weather station.

Castlegar received 24.6 millimetres of water equivalent producing 18.2 centimetres of snow Thursday and over Thursday night, with 15 cm on the ground at the West Kootenay Regional Airport. But more snow isn’t expected right away.

“Last night should have been the heaviest amount. That was the main passage of this frontal system,” Jesse Ellis, weather forecaster at the Southeast Fire Centre, said Friday. “We are basically between systems for much of today and tonight. Then the next weaker system skirts mainly southwest of us, and so we might get clipped by it Saturday night and Sunday, but actually the latest trends are showing it just a little bit further to the south and west than previously, so it looks like we’re going to get missed.”

But Ellis says that could still change.

Meanwhile, temperatures will remain below the seasonal normal for the period due to a modified Arctic airmass in place over the region.

“Temperatures should hover slightly above zero each afternoon while the modified Arctic airmass remains in place this weekend and into the beginning of next week,” says Ellis.

He says the next significant change is expected toward the beginning or middle of next week when the next system should roll in on Tuesday or Wednesday, bringing with it more seasonally normal temperatures and a chance of wet snow or rain in the middle or end of the week.

“By the middle-end of next week, overnight temperatures may remain near or slightly above freezing as well,” says Ellis.

The mean temperature in October was below the normal mean temperature for the month. The mean temperature was 7.6 degrees, whereas the normal mean temperature for October is 8.0 degrees.

The high for October was 18.8 degrees and the low was minus 3.4.

Precipitation was higher than normal for October, with 60.4 mm in total compared to 51.3 mm.

There were 59.8 mm of rain and 0.6 cm of snow.

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