Weather set to warm up this weekend

The cold spell of late is about to take a turn over the weekend as the weather forecast calls for highs of up to +5.

The cold spell of late is about to take a turn over the weekend as the weather forecast calls for highs of up to +5.

Lisa Coldwells, meteorologist with Environment Canada, noted that the Cranbrook area has been in the modified Arctic air.

“So very typical sort of temperatures for this past week or so. Daytime highs are about -3 and overnight lows dipping down to about -10, -12.”

She said there was not much in the way of precipitation, but mixes of sun and cloud.

“That’s going to continue until the end of this week,” she said. “There might not be as many sunny breaks, and you might be in the cloudy end of things if you’re right in town.”

But she said head up to the ski hill in Kimberley or Fernie and you can bask in the sunshine of the low clouds.

Over the weekend she did see a change coming.

“The weather pattern that has been a broad-scale upper ridge, which gives a very cold, very benign weather will change,” she said.

It is going to be changing as a low comes in off the Pacific.

“That will allow the Pacific weather storms to move in quite quickly, of course most of the precipitation happens on the coast as rain, but as these systems skip across the mountains there is a chance of having some light snow activity on the Friday night, into the Saturday morning,” she said, adding that she doubted it would be much more than a few centimetres.

The system will also bring in more warm air as they pass over the mountain ranges to get here.

“By the time they are moving through, they allow the warmer air to come down to the surface. So daytime highs are going to actually start to rise and we’ll see daytime highs of about +5 over the weekend.”

Overnight she say temperatures would still dip down below -5.

That  milder weather will continue on into next week.

“It’s warm, but not record warm,” she said.