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Long-range weather in B.C. forecast as mild with a slow start into winter

Last Updated Sep 18, 2018 at 9:18 am PDT

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With rumours an El Nino pattern developing in the Pacific, local ski hills could see a slow start to the season

It may feel like fall a little early but long-range outlook calls for a gentler slide into winter around parts of B.C.

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Despite the early fall-like weather we’ve already experienced, the long-range outlook calls for a gentler slide into winter.

The Weather Network’s long range forecast calls for a milder fall, sliding gently into a winter that could start off drier than normal across the southern part of B.C.

With rumours of an El Nino pattern developing in the Pacific, local ski hills could see a slow start to the season. But this is just one forecast and Silver Star Mountain meteorologist Wesla Wong isn’t about to take it as gospel.

“It’s great to look at, but sometimes you really do have to take long-range forecasting with a grain of salt because there are so many variables with weather,” Wong says.

She says what’s forecast in the coastal regions isn’t exactly the same as the north Okanagan where her resort is located.

Closer to home, Sam Hicks, general manager of Sasquatch Mountain Resort, says what he’s seen so far might actually be good news.

“There is going to be some big, big storms that are going to drop a lot of snow and then in between those systems rolling through, we may have average temperatures [of] zero [degrees], which at this altitude with a little bit of rain could result in another great year,” Hick says.