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High streamflow advisory issued for Thompson-Okanagan

A high streamflow advisory has been issued Saturday afternoon for a few rivers in the southern Interior.

The BC River Forecast Centre issued the advisory for rivers between Vernon, Salmon Arm and Falkland including the Whiteman River, Salmon River and surrounding tributaries.

A high streamflow advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly but no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding may happen in lower areas.

The agency says that streamflow has been high over the past few weeks due to the snowmelt and the amount of rain the Thompson-Okanagan has received.

A series of weather systems are expected to pass over the Interior Saturday and Sunday, bringing some warmer weather and showers.

<who> Photo Credit: BC River Forecast Centre

The River Forecast Centre explains that Environment Canada is forecasting the potential for five to 20 millimetres of rain over the areas of the north-west Okanagan and areas around Salmon Arm and Falkland Saturday through Monday.

“There is uncertainty over areas which will receive the highest amounts of precipitation, and adjacent areas of the South Interior, including the Shuswap, Okanagan and Nicola-Thompson regions may also experience a higher streamflow in response to rain and snowmelt,” reads the information bulletin.

Rivers in the section of the region may experience moderate rises on Sunday but will depend highly on the amount of rainfall.

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

Be sure to keep an eye on Environment Canada and the River Forecast Centre for the most up-to-date information.

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