Alerts for: Okanagan Valley

Statements

4:10 AM PDT Tuesday 23 May 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Central Okanagan - including Kelowna
  • North Okanagan - including Vernon
  • South Okanagan - including Penticton

A ridge of high pressure over the southern Interior of British Columbia will remain in place today, leading to unseasonably warm weather. This warm spell will accelerate snowmelt and lead to rising rivers, possibly causing concerns related to flooding.

This will be followed by a cool-down accompanied by strong winds gusting to 50 to 70 km/h tonight and Wednesday as a cold front quickly moves across the province. The front is expected to sweep southeastward across the central Interior this afternoon, and reaching the south tonight. 5 to 10 mm of rain can be expected locally with the front. There is also a risk of thunderstorms.

Strong winds combined with high water levels could result in increased wave action that may impact shorelines and lakeside roads. The saturated ground also increases the chances of downed trees in strong winds.

Quickly flowing water and the adjacent riverbanks are potentially unsafe. Don't approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

The BC River Forecast Centre issues streamflow advisories and warnings when necessary to provide alerts to potential flood conditions in the stream systems of the province. Please refer to the River Forecast Centre for updated streamflow advisories or warnings. http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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