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B.C.: High altitude snow, showery end to the week

Thursday, May 21st 2020, 9:12 pm - A bit of late-season snow isn't out of the ordinary at the high mountain passes, and it won't stick around long.

High altitude snow in the passes will have come to an end by Friday morning as freeze levels rise again, with parts of the Lower Mainland and southern Interior seeing some showers to close out the week. Beyond, a brief break on Saturday will give way to more showers Saturday night into Sunday.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • High altitude snow, ended by Friday morning as freezing levels rise into Friday
  • Ongoing showers for much of the province Friday
  • Dry and cool Saturday ahead of next system
  • Keep ahead of ALERTS in your area

FRIDAY: FREEZING LEVELS RISE AFTER OVERNIGHT SNOW

Any overnight and early morning travellers in the high mountain passes of the Rockies would have faced difficult driving conditions, as a system impacting B.C. manifested as high-altitude snow.

As much as 15 cm may have fallen by the early morning hours for Kootenay Pass, with lesser amounts elsewhere.

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That snow won't linger much beyond the sunrise, with freezing levels rising from 1300-1500 metres overnight up to 1700-1900 into Friday, with most of the accumulations rapidly turning to slush.

Elsewhere, a few showers beckon for parts of the Lower Mainland and southern Interior.

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THE WEEKEND: BREAK ON SATURDAY BEFORE NEXT SYSTEM

Saturday looks to feature a break from these unsettled conditions, mostly dry and cool. That break will be short-lived, however: the next system brings rain to the coasts Saturday night and Sunday, though a more northward track than initially expected may keep the south coast dry for most of Sunday, with a chance of late-day showers.

"There's a better chance for rain for the south coast early next week, then a drier pattern for mid and late week, with potential for a period of very warm weather late next week and weekend," Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham says.

Check back as we continue to monitor the forecast.

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