Get used to seeing the white stuff this winter but not a ton of it as anticipated weak storm systems bring little snow while cold temperatures cause it to stick around, according to meteorologists out of Pennsylvania.
This year's precipitation in southeastern B.C. may please those who resent shovelling but it isn't expected to send ski fanatics into fits of joy. There will be just enough of the white stuff to satisfy the slide-sport enthusiast, especially after last year's meagre snowfall.
And with cold air, the snow that falls will stick around through much of the winter and into spring.
"Storms will be weaker but colder, so that could favour snow a little bit more than we usually see," said Brett Anderson.
The one cause for concern is that water shortages resulting from a record dry fall and drier weather this winter may add stress to the situation.
Meanwhile, locals may feel the anticipated return to average winter temperatures more bitterly this year on the heels of the third warmest winter on record last year.
That will be especially true with high pressure systerms dominating Western Canada at times, opening the door for shots of Arctic air across southeastern B.C.
"I think the winter overall looks drier than normal with near-normal temperatures. But with this type of pattern, a drier pattern, the nights are going to be chillier than normal," said Anderson.
December's highs and lows will range from 0 C to - 7 C. In January, temperatures will range from - 1 C to - 8 C. And February will see temperatures of 4 C to - 5 C.
In the meantime, today's weather forecast predicts a high of 6 C with the snow level of 1,000 metres. A mix of sun and cloud will lead to 40 per cent chance of showers late in the evening.
Tuesday will bring a low of 2 C, a high of 6 C, cloudy skies with 30 per cent chance of showers or flurries.