Weather woes continue in the Similkameen

More snow fell on Keremeos on Tuesday night, filling the streets

  • Jan. 30, 2013 6:00 a.m.
Memorial Park in Keremeos on Wednesday afternoon. The village has been hit hard by snow this week.

Memorial Park in Keremeos on Wednesday afternoon. The village has been hit hard by snow this week.

Residents of Keremeos were hit with another dump of snow on Tuesday night – and the back to back snowfalls are choking village streets.

Temperatures that were supposed to begin moderating were holding steady just above zero on Wednesday afternoon. The sun, unknown for most of the past month, attempted to make an appearance Wednesday afternoon but seemed to be fighting a losing battle with clouds and fog.

Residents were seen wearily digging their way out of Monday night’s snowfall after Keremeos and the eastern portion of  the Similkameen was hit with between eight and ten centimetres of snow Monday afternoon and evening, when the South Okanagan only saw a trace of the white stuff. The Okanagan also escaped most of Tuesday’s dump.

Lower Similkameen streets and highways were slushy and compact snow covered this afternoon. Keremeos’ residential streets are extremely slippery underfoot, as the snow got soft and compacted under the weight of traffic.

Awnings in the downtown core shedded copious amounts of snow as temperatures warmed this morning. A few of the more fragile coverings in the village have already collapsed under the weight of the increasingly wet snow.

Temperatures are expected to moderate over the next few days, but don’t count on the weatherman to be right – it’s been a long month of unpredicted winter like weather in the valley, and there doesn’t appear to any change to that coming soon.