September 04, 2013 - 8:13 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – Mother Nature hammered the southern part of the region earlier today with rain and hail proving the forecasters right about the rain and thunderstorms, but luckily severe thunderstorm watches never materialized into anything significant.
Environment Canada ended watches for the Okanagan Valley and Shuswap areas shortly after 8 p.m. but continue to forecast additional rainy gloom on Thursday and Friday.
The wet stuff didn't stop some Penticton residents. Four-year-old Willow Blake and relative Pam Blake were out strolling today with their fancy dancy umbrellas across a Penticton Creek bridge off of Wade Avenue East. Willow was dressed for the occasion with a yellow rain slicker, pink rubber boots and a frilly umbrella. Other residents were caught unawares and were dressed for a sunnier day.
Environment Canada also warns of a possibility of heavy rainfall for most of the southern part of the province, from the Fraser Canyon east to the Alberta border and North Thompson south to the United States border, Thursday and Friday. A low pressure system is expected to move slowly inland and linger over the Southern Interior, bringing localized heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.
The weather outlet expects to have more specific details as the system moves closer but is warning municipalities to inspect drainage infrastructure and clear obstructions before the system arrives.
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This story was updated at 8:37 p.m., Sept. 4, 2013.
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