Stop number-2 on the Western Ski Cross Series was in Fernie last week. Red Mountain skiers September Stefani (in gray) hit the podium twice in the open category with bronze and silver medals, while sister Sage (in red) took home two gold medals.  Next stop on the tour is the final in Big White this weekend. Photo Jack Henry.

Stop number-2 on the Western Ski Cross Series was in Fernie last week. Red Mountain skiers September Stefani (in gray) hit the podium twice in the open category with bronze and silver medals, while sister Sage (in red) took home two gold medals. Next stop on the tour is the final in Big White this weekend. Photo Jack Henry.

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Start digging, it’s going to be a snowy drive to work

Environment Canada is forecasting flurries and one city is getting a dust warning.

It’s going to be a wintry day in the Okanagan, which may be good news for mountain-folk and less exciting for commuters.

Today’s forecast courtesy of Environment Canada:

In Penticton the snow will end some time this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 40 per cent chance of rain showers or flurries will roll in.

In Kelowna there will be a few flurries ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 per cent chance of flurries. The high temperature will be 4 C.

In Salmon Arm periods of snow will end near noon then the weather is expected to be cloudy with 40 per cent chance of flurries.The high temperature will be 2 C.

In Vernon there will be a few flurries ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 per cent chance of flurries. The high temperature is still 4 C.

Vernon is also still has its dust warning.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a Dust Advisory for Vernon due to high concentrations of coarse particulates, which are expected to persist until there is a change in current weather conditions.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air-conditioned spaces helps to reduce particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

More information on current air quality can be found online.

Tonight: The nighttime low around the valley expected to average around -5 C.

Will the sun come out tomorrow? A little. And there will be a little cloud. And a little snow.

On the roads:. There are no snowfall warnings in effect for mountain highways.

Fun fact:

A Lake Country man’s dream of documenting wildlife and making a difference in the world has come true and he won a Wildlife Oscar for his efforts.

Filmmaker Mike McKinlay spent the last three and a half years creating Toad People, with co-creator Isabelle Groc, which is a documentary based on the conservation efforts that Chilliwack residents and grassroots conservationists have been making in order to preserve western toad populations.

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