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Icy evening outing averted with postponement of Larch Hills lantern ski event

Salmon Arm: colder temperatures on the way but record-breaking lows not anticipated
In response to a cold front moving in, the annual Larch Hills lantern ski event planned for Dec. 29 has been postponed to Jan. 8. (Brad Calkins photo)

An impending cold front has prompted the postponement of the upcoming lantern ski event at Larch Hills.

The Larch Hills Nordic Society (LHNS) said it was a very difficult decision to cancel the event, scheduled for the evening of Dec. 29, when temperatures may dip below -20 C.

However, “after taking into consideration the volunteers, young families and everyone’s comfort,” the LHNS announced on Dec. 23 that the lantern ski has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 8, from 5 to 9 p.m.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this change of date may have caused,” stated the LHNS.

While a cold front is moving in, Environment Canada meteorologist Brian Proctor does not anticipate the accompanying temperatures will break any record lows for late December in Salmon Arm.

“So what we’re looking at is sort of a -18 to -20 range as we move from Boxing Day towards the New Year at this point in time,” said Proctor. “It’s going to feel colder than that at times with the windchill factor… but in general terms, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be that record-setting cold.”

Between 1982 and 2014, Proctor said Salmon Arm saw a record low of -27 on Dec. 27 in 1983.

“We’re not getting to those values but we’re approaching them, so it’s going to be cold, people are going to be challenged by it…,” said Proctor. “People need to be dressed accordingly if they’re going to be outside, or if they’re travelling in their vehicle, take a vehicle safety kit as well. It should have a blanket, it should have something like a tin can and some candles you can light for heat. Things of that nature. Just be prepared so if something happens you have a way of keeping yourselves warm enough until someone can come and get to you to help you out.”

Proctor noted the colder temperatures tend to occur more in January or February.
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Lachlan Labere

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