Accumulating snow hits parts of B.C., and it's still summer
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 8:54 PM - Ready or not, here comes the snow, British Columbia. Late summer accumulations are on the way for parts of the province this week, with a few flakes sneaking down below pass level as far south as Kamloops. After a hot summer filled with fires, this pattern change may be a welcome change for some, as it means the return to a more active pattern, complete with much-needed rain. We take a look at what to expect from this taste of winter in late summer, below.
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- Widespread snow risk this week, including some snow at and below pass level
- Significant accumulations possible, mainly in the northeast
- Chilly temperatures in the single digits for much of Interior, low-to-mid teens nearer coast
BYPASSING FALL, RIGHT INTO WINTER
It might feel like summer's turned right to winter for some parts of British Columbia this week, as a plume of Pacific moisture surges into the Interior, just in time to meet up with strong high pressure -- and cold Arctic air -- plunging down from the north. This setup brings the potential for snowfall through Thursday; some significant accumulations are even on the table.
The most significant accumulations are expected to be around the Grand Prairie and Peace River regions across northwestern Alberta and northeastern B.C. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for parts of the northeast, including Fort Nelson. Further south, some snow is possible across the higher terrain in the Coastal Mountains, as well at higher elevations from Hope to Merritt, and around Kamloops. The cities themselves don't need to dust off the shovels just yet, but don't be surprised if a few stray flakes dot the air Wednesday night.
As you might expect, this push of cold air will bring some cooler temperatures to the southern tier of the province, even where snow is off the table. Expect highs in the single digits for much of the Interior, with low-to-mid teens toward the South Coast and Lower Mainland.
Not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet? No need to panic. Temperatures rebound to more seasonal levels going into the second half of the month.