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One of the snowiest October days on record for the Thompson-Okanagan

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist was busy fielding calls about snowfall records for much of Friday.

By the time the clock hit noon, it had already snowed 11 cm in Penticton, making it the snowiest October day in over 100 years of record-keeping for the city.

Kelowna had received a similar amount of snow with eight to 10 cm depending on the neighbourhood, good for the fourth snowiest day on record for October.

To the north, Kamloops has also seen close to 10 cm of snow, which is the second snowiest October day on record.

“It’s easy to break a record for the day because it’s so random to see this much snow in October,” explained Lundquist.

“But when you break or come close to a daily record for the entire month with over 100 years of records that really significant.”

The skies are expected to clear out for the weekend, however, that means the cold is about to move in.

According to Lundquist, the regions could see record-breaking cold temperatures next, with lows around -10 C forecast.

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