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Spring freshet a month early in the Southern Interior

Mission Creek in Kelowna.
May 20, 2016 - 12:15 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - River levels are rising in the Southern Interior but there is minimal flood risk, according to the B.C. River Forecast Centre.

In its May 19 provincial river outlook, the centre says continued warm weather puts the spring freshet about a month ahead of normal with snow pack levels dropping rapidly.

Water levels are expected to increase in the Southern Interior through today, then river flows are predicted to gradually subside through early next week.

Weather this weekend is forecast to be dry for most of the province with possible showers in the south-east and Central Interior.

Unsettled weather, which began Wednesday when a cold front crossed into the province, has contributed to fluctuating river levels and is expected to persist through the week.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre will release its next river outlook report May 26.

Find more B.C. River Forecast Centre stories here.

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