Despite the double-digit highs and sunny skies seen late last week, a dump of snow and the potential for a return of Arctic air means winter conditions are likely here to stay for Kamloops for at least a few more weeks.
Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist told KTW the city can expect to see plenty of snow through the end of the week.
“We have a frontal system draped across the area today that’s bringing snow,” he said. “Then we’re forecasting over tomorrow [Thursday] right into Friday, for at least three days, there will be quite a bit of snow for the South Thompson.”
After that, Lundquist said, things will improve — for a while.
“It’s looking a little better for Saturday to Tuesday, looking at highs of 4 C to 6 C, but there is the possibility of an Arctic outbreak after that,” he said, explaining that could mean a return of lows into the negative-teens.
But it could be worse.
Last February was the fifth-coldest ever recorded in Kamloops, with an average temperature nearing -9 C. Normals for the month are an average temperature hovering just above freezing and a low of about -4 C.
Lundquist said it’s very unlikely the temperature this month will match last February’s freeze, but he noted cooler temperatures could persist into March.
“We can get snow and cold weather throughout February,” he said. “Usually, around February is when the cold breaks, but it could go into March.”
Meanwhile, January ended the way it began — amid balmy temperatures.
But in between was a five-day cold snap that, while coming nowhere close to breaking records, delivered some brisk temperatures.
The first month of the decade began with the mercury well above freezing, with a high of 9.5 C recorded on Jan. 4. The temperature remained mild until mid-month, when it plunged.
From Jan. 13 to Jan. 17, temperatures ranged from a high of -13.1 and a low of -23.9.
But the cold snap broke and the mercury began rising, returned, with Jan. 29’s reading of 10.8 C being the warmest day of the month.
Average high for January was 1.7 C, with the average low being -5.8.
Kamloops received 14 centimetres of snow, according to measurements taken at the airport, though upper areas of the city, such as Aberdeen, received much more of the white stuff.