Mother Nature to rain on children’s parade
Sunny skies to turn soggy this evening as trick-or-treaters hit local streets
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.
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.