Silver Star bike park closes due to stormy weather

A quick burst of rain soaked Vernon Wednesday afternoon and Environment Canada is calling for more, plus thunder and lightning.

VERNON - Severe weather forced the closure of Silver Star Mountain’s bike park Wednesday.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the North Okanagan calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, though the alert has since ended. 

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for Vernon and may involve strong winds, hail and torrential rain.

Spokesperson for Silver Star Mountain Resort Anne Haight says the potential for that kind of weather was a concern.

“We can’t run them (chair lifts) when there’s lightning in the area,” Haight says. “Out of safety for our guests we were forced to close.”

The bike park will remain closed until the end of the day.

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