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It was up near 30°C over the weekend, so it feels almost unbelievable that we’d be talking about snow just 72 hours later.
However, that is the reality today, as Environment Canada (EC) has issued a special weather statement for the Okanagan Connector (Hwy 97C).
It calls for the possibility of 2-4 centimetres of snow near the Pennask Summit due to a low-pressure system that will bring some precipitation to the southern Interior.
According to EC, freezing levels will lower overnight to close to 1,700 metres, which will allow for the potential of snow at the summit, which is 1,728 metres above sea level.
While it’s a bit jarring to see that forecast in mid-September, it’s a healthy reminder that the start of fall is just four days away and that means winter tire season is right around the corner.
Hwy 97C is one of many British Columbia routes where winter tires or chains will be required starting Oct. 1.
It will likely be a few weeks before any significant snow accumulates on these routes, but that doesn’t mean the roads can’t become slippery with the type of overnight precipitation that’s expected tonight.