Mother Na­ture to rain on chil­dren’s pa­rade

Sunny skies to turn soggy this evening as trick-or-treaters hit lo­cal streets

The Daily Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By RON SEY­MOUR

Agloomy night awaits trick-or­treaters as fine weather gives way to fu­ne­real and soggy skies for Hal­loween. The nearly-full, evening-ris­ing moon, which would oth­er­wise pro­vide some wel­come il­lu­mi­na­tion for kids on their candy rounds, should be ob­scured by thick grey clouds.

A strong high-pres­sure ridge that has given Kelowna bright blue skies and mild temperatures will be dis­lodged, be­gin­ning this morn­ing, by a colder sys­tem from the north­west.

And here’s some­thing re­ally scary — snow later in the week!

“It’s go­ing to be cloudy Tues­day, and the pre­cip­i­ta­tion is go­ing to come lower and lower as the day wears on,” En­vi­ron­ment Canada me­te­o­rol­o­gist Doug Lundquist said Mon­day.

A 60 per cent chance of show­ers is fore­cast for Kelowna this af­ter­noon, turn­ing to steady rain later in the day.

“I’m hop­ing most of the rain will hold off un­til the kids are done trick-or­treat­ing,” Lundquist said.

Late-af­ter­noon and early-evening temperatures are pre­dicted to be around 6 C.

Grey con­di­tions will per­sist through the rest of the week, with steadily cooler day­time highs. By Fri­day, the tem­per­a­ture will strug­gle to get above freez­ing, and a high of just -2 C is fore­cast for Sun­day.

“We’ll def­i­nitely get snow in the val­ley bot­tom later this week, which is about three or so weeks ear­lier than usual,” Lundquist said. “If you haven’t got your win­ter tires on yet, now would be a good time.”

The long-range out­look from The Weather Net­work is for drier and sun­nier con­di­tions next week, but highs of only around 3 C — about five de­grees be­low nor­mal for early Novem­ber.

GARY NYLANDER/The Daily Courier

Natasha Hei­de­brecht holds her son, Eli Shorter, 3, dressed as a dragon, in front of a home with an ex­ten­sive Hal­loween dis­play at 682 Bay Ave. in Kelowna. The house is sure to be a pop­u­lar stop for trick-or-treaters tonight.

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