July snow falls on the Okanagan Connector

By James Peters
July 2, 2018 - 11:00am

PEACHLAND, B.C. — Environment Canada forecasters say snow can fall on the highest elevations of the Coquihalla Highway system 12 months of the year - and we just saw an example.

There was snow on the Okanagan Connector this morning, visible around the Pennask Summit.

Meteorologist Chris Emond says the conditions were perfect.

"There was a band of showers that moved across the area and under that, the snow level dropped down to about 1600 metres," said Emond. "The higher elevation locations on the [Okanagan] Connector, especially on the Pennask Summit, saw a little bit of wet snow and some fog. It looks like they may have had a centimetre or so."

Snow in July is rare, but Emond says it's not unheard of.

"I think it's starting to get less common in July, certainly. Everyone knows June is a bit of a mixed bag month when we get some cool low pressure systems still moving across. I can't tell you exactly how infrequent [snow in July] is, but certainly we're getting toward the late part of the season for that to be happening," said Emond.

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