Tuesday April 22, 2014





White Christmas? Dream on . . .

Snow in forecast but could be melted by time Christmas arrives
Keith Anderson

Argo Road Maintenance plow trucks will be out clearing roads for the expected snowfall Friday.

Anyone dreaming of a white Christmas might want to put those wishes on hold, at least if they live in the valley.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said more snow — as much as two to five centimetres — is expected to fall on Friday.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is the latest cold snap will give way to warmer temperatures by Monday. Lundquist said the daytime high could reach 3 C by then and potentially melt the snow, at least at lower elevations.

“The ridge of high pressure is going to be so strong and so warm over us at Christmas that, if it turns out like we’re forecasting, it’ll probably be above zero in the mountains,” he said Wednesday.

“It will be a white Christmas somewhere in Kamloops . . . but downtown it might just try and melt on Christmas.”

Lundquist said Christmas is the only time of year people really want snow in the forecast. Knock on wood; what falls on Friday could be enough to leave some on the ground for the big day.

“The orders are very difficult to fill at this time of year,” he said.

He does caution motorists heading out of town for the holidays to keep an eye on the weather and DriveBC. Lundquist said travellers might want to leave a day early or a day late to avoid the snow.

VSA Highway Maintenance is tracking that same storm. Vice-president Bob Gilowski said the forecast calls for widespread snowfall. The question is how intense it is.

The expectation is the weather will dry out on Saturday, which means driving conditions should improve, said Gilowski.

“As far as the travelling; watch for high volumes of traffic, drive to conditions, expect that your travel is going to take longer than in the summertime,” he said.

Gilowski suggested taking extra windshield washer fluid along for the ride.


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