Special weather statement in effect for the Southern Interior

By James Peters
May 10, 2017 - 12:00pm Updated: May 10, 2017 - 6:22pm

KAMLOOPS — The southern BC Interior remains on alert that rain predicted for this week could bring rivers and creeks above the breaking point once again.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement that includes the Kamloops, Shuswap and Nicola regions.

Forecaster Cindy Yu says 10 millimetres of rain could fall in a system expected to enter the area tomorrow.

"In the next couple of days, we're expecting this trough to move through," said Yu. "There will be some thunderstorms related to this trough. As a result, some of the local areas that we mentioned in the statement could get some localized heavier amounts."

"With cold air moving into a relatively warm land, we can expect some thunderstorms. It does look like, at this point, most of the thunderstorms are to the east of us - places like the Okanagan and the Kootenays."

Yu notes the rain will combine with seasonal snowmelt to put a lot of pressure on smaller waterways.

"We don't need a whole lot of rain for some of the creeks to flood at this point, because there's so much melt from the mountains and what not."

Creeks and rivers throughout the southern Interior rose very quickly last Friday after a storm brought heavy rain in several localized cells.

That led to roads being cut off and flooding in a handful of areas.

Crews continue to work to reopen Interior roads