Josh Bird, of Swan Lake Motors, gets to work Friday morning shovelling off the vehicles in their lot. Last year the first time they had to shovel snow was Dec. 2. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)

Okanagan digs out after a snowstorm

Residents woke up Friday to snow blanketing the region and ice coating the roads

Halloween was barely over and Okanagan residents were reaching for the snow shovels.

A storm passed through the region Thursday, with the amount of white stuff varying from community to community and in some cases, neighbourhoods.

“This was two to three weeks ahead of schedule,” said Lisa West, Environment Canada meteorologist, of an Arctic cold front crossing the province.

At the Kalamalka Lake station on Highway 97, 21 centimetres of snow were recorded while there were 19 centimetres in Kelowna.

The 30-year average for November is 26.5 centimetres while 29.2 centimetres of snow fell in the Vernon area Nov. 7, 1995.

“This event (Thursday) is quite large but not quite record breaking,” said West.

Conditions are expected to improve over the next few days but temperatures will remain cool, particularly overnight.

West is reminding residents to be prepared now that winter is here.

“If you haven’t got your snow tires on yet, you will want to do so,” she said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Major Rotary gift supports nursing education at Kelowna post-secondary schools

Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) are each receiving $50,000

Vernon officer returns soccer ball and boy’s smile

RCMP officer retrieves errant soccer ball, returns it to five-year-old with cruiser lights flashing

Queen Silver Star tradition upheld despite COVID-19

Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Armstrong and Enderby youth can apply

Class resumption raises challenges for Central Okanagan schools

Education ministry directive to resume K-12 classes Sept. 8 creating many questions

Morning Start: High heels were first designed for men

Your morning start for Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

B.C. records 30-50 new COVID-19 cases a day over weekend, no new deaths

Many of those testing positive were identified by contact tracing for being linked to other confirmed infections

Five B.C. First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

No new COVID-19 cases in Kelowna over the weekend

Kelowna has nine of the Interior Health region’s 13 active cases

Rent-relief program becomes new front in fight between Liberals, opposition

Opposition trying to draw parallels between decision to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. run program and the WE controversy

West Kelowna woman upset with RCMP response to street brawl

A physical altercation between a group of teens and a group of adults erupted on a West Kelowna street Sunday evening

Kelowna real estate agent fined $6,500 for ‘misleading’ website

The website listed several services its owner was not licensed to provide

Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1% for EI calculation

Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate was 10.9 per cent in July

$45K in donations received after couple’s sudden death in Tulameen

Sarah MacDermid, 31, and Casey Bussiere, 37, died August long weekend

Most Read