Break out the toques and mitts, winter is coming to the East Kootenay.
Environment Canada Meteorologist Lisa West explains a low pressure system is developing in northern Alberta, moving south, and resulting in BC’s first acrtic air mass of the season.
This may also lead to flurries in our region as soon as Tuesday night.
West explains another low pressure system off Vancouver Island will send a steady stream of moisture into the Interior Thursday evening continuing into Friday.
She says that’s when we can expect to see up to 5 cm Thursday evening and another 5 cm through Friday.
Temperatures are expected to drop as well, with the Elk Valley expecting highs of -4C by Thursday and possible lows of -11C overnight this week.
West suggests a weaker La Niña system will be favourable this fall and winter which could lead to cooler than normal temperatures this winter but forecasting precipitation levels long-term is very difficult.
She explains your typical daily maximum temperatures in the East Kootenay in December, January and February -3.4C up to 1.9C, but La Niña coud see things land closer to 0.
Mainroad East Kootenay has issued a warning to motorists who should expect winter driving conditions this week with up to 20 cm accumulating in some areas of our region by the weekend.
– Environment Canada Meteorologist Lisa West