June 29, 2015 - 4:14 PM
WATCH STILL IN PLACE
KAMLOOPS - A severe thunderstorm watch was upgraded to a warning this afternoon for the South Thompson, Nicola and Okanagan areas but was later downgraded back to a watch.
Environment Canada issued a watch for much of the Southern Interior earlier this morning, June 29, but then upgraded it to a warning for Kamloops through central Nicola as well as the Shuswap and Central and Southern Okanagan regions this afternoon. The warning has ended for the Kamloops, Nicola and Okanagan region as the system moves east though a watch remains in place as of just after 5 p.m.
Temperatures dropped about six degrees, to 22 Celsius, and was accompanied by strong wind gusts as the storm began to hit Kamloops this afternoon.
Meteorologists say they are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing very strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain. The thunderstorms are expected to affect areas along Highway 1 from Kamloops to Campbell Creek and Highway 5A from Kamloops to Merritt as well as the Central and South Okanagan regions.
The weather office warns about fast moving water, large hail and strong wind gusts and reminds people to take cover immediately.
Visit the Environment Canada website for up-to-date information on weather alerts.
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— This story was updated at 4:42 p.m., June 29, 2015, to include the warning for Shuswap.
— This story was updated at 5:18 p.m., June 29, 2015, when the warning ended.
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