‘It’s unusual’: Okanagan residents surprised by early morning spring snow


Some Okanagan residents living in mountainous communities were surprised by an unexpected spring snowfall early in the morning Monday.

Hilda Reimer, who lives on Anarchist Mountain near Osoyoos, B.C., said she woke up to the snow falling around 5 a.m. and the flakes stopped around 7:30 a.m.

“I opened my eyes, turned around and my husband said, ‘Yes, it’s snowing! ” she said.

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“It’s unusual for us to have snow.

Year-round residents or those who own seasonal properties in Big White near Kelowna, BC, Baldy Mountain near Oliver, BC, and SilverStar near Vernon, BC, also experienced deep cold at higher elevations Monday morning.

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Big White Ski Resort posted on Facebook that it is snowing in the Alps, with the biking and hiking season scheduled to begin July 1.

“A reminder that there is active logging on the mountain, and please stay out of these areas and be aware of loaded logging trucks traveling on the roads in and around the station,” the station added.

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Baldy Mountain Ski Resort staff also took to social media to mark the weather wonder.

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“What a way to start our day! Did someone rock the snow globe?!?!. They wrote on Facebook.

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Last week, the Okanagan experienced a heat wave, with temperatures soaring to 36 ° C.

Liz Say took this photo outside her home in Big White on Monday, June 7, 2021.

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The region experienced an unusually dry spring with below average rainfall amounts.

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After a cooler weekend, temperatures return to the 1920s with a few showers on Monday in the Okanagan before temperatures rise further.

The first day of summer is Sunday June 20.

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