Warmer, milder weather on the way for the city

By Vanessa Ybarra
January 11, 2017 - 5:47pm

KAMLOOPS — Environment Canada says the city's second cold snap of the season is expected to let up by this weekend.

According to Environment Canada, the arctic ridge of high pressure currently hovering over the Interior is expected to last only a few more days, with the city returning to normal seasonal daytime temperatures of around -1 by Sunday.

And we could possibly rise above the freezing mark as we head into early next week.

Welcome news for almost everyone battling the cold conditions.

"This current ridge is expected to remain in place the next few days and temperatures should moderate a little bit, but they won't drop quite as low as they did Tuesday night," said Alyssa Charbonneau, Meteorologist with Environment Canada.

"By the time we move into the weekend, we're going to see a change take place," added Charbonneau. "Warmer, more mild air will make its way to the Pacific and that's going to lead to a much better temperature regime."

Charbonneau says while winter temperatures have been more frigid than usual this year, they would have to dip down a lot further to break any records.

The record low for Kamloops Wednesday sits at -34.4, set back in 1909.

"You typically get a few of these arctic outbreaks throughout the winter," said Charbonneau. "The contrast between last winter and this winter really feels quite extreme. but when you start to look at the temperatures, though they're colder than normal, we haven't been setting many records."

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