Fire crews brace for lightning in Kamloops and surrounding areas

By Vanessa Ybarra
August 13, 2017 - 4:46pm

KAMLOOPS — Lightning could strike in Kamloops tonight.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Lisa West says a cold front is currently travelling over the province bringing blue skies but also an unstable air mass.

"The downside with an unstable air mass is the threat of thunderstorms and lightning which is currently going on in many parts of the Central Interior and areas north of Kamloops," said West. "The air quality for at least the start of the week for Kamloops really depends on the next six to 12 hours and how much lightning occurs, where those strikes occur and after that the local winds and whether it will drift in and around the Kamloops area."

Lightning sparked close to a dozen wildfires, many of them in the Cariboo Chilcotin area, Saturday night.

West says smoke from the Elephant Hill fire is currently being pushed north east of Kamloops.

Environment Canada is calling for mainly cloudy skies for the city Monday.

A mix of sun and cloud is expected Tuesday.

Smoky skies still a problem, but lightning danger drops off