Wacky weather predicted for Princeton

Princeton and most of the Okanagan is likely in for a warmer-than-usual winter.

The warm weather is evident as snow disappears from a hill near downtown Princeton.

The warm weather is evident as snow disappears from a hill near downtown Princeton.

Princeton rang in the New Year with warmer-than-usual weather – a trend that is likely to continue for the next few weeks.

Residents celebrated the first day of 2011 with chilling -24 C weather, while this year they enjoyed a much warmer -10 C.

Temperatures for the week beginning Jan. 10 are expected to be around or slightly above normal, said Doug Lundquist, meteorologist for Environment Canada.

As for snow, Princeton residents shouldn’t expect to see much of it soon.

The further the days inch towards February, the less likely there will be a significant snowfall.

“February is a pretty dry month. We’ve gotten through the part of winter when we usually get the most snow,” Lundquist said.

“But there is still a chance. All we need is a monster storm and a big dump.”

He doesn’t like to predict weather further than three months into the future because the forecasts become less reliable.

The average expected temperature in Princeton over the next two weeks is higher than is has been in the last 30 years.

Highs have historically been around -3 C during this time, while this year the temperature isn’t expected to dip below freezing.

Princeton isn’t alone in experiencing mild weather.

Many British Columbians have seen warmer-than-average weather, leaving some longing for their expected white Christmas.