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UPDATE: Thunderstorm watch ended, river advisory remains for North Thompson

Rain is already falling in Barriere but the weather could turn to severe thunderstorms later this afternoon.
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May 23, 2014 - 10:28 AM

KAMLOOPS - The North Thompson River remains under a high streamflow advisory though a severe thunderstorm watch issued earlier today has ended.

Forecasters say there is still a chance of thunderstorms in the North Thompson this evening and a 60-100 per cent chance of showers through Tuesday. In Kamloops we can expect to see a 30-40 per cent chance of showers throughout the weekend.

The North Thompson River and Clearwater River are both part of a high streamflow advisory for the region due to continuing snow melt and heavy rainfall last weekend. The river rose rapidly but no major flooding is expected at this point, though minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas. Up to 40 mm of rain is could fall over the weekend.

At McLure the river has increased this week and is now at a once in two year flow level, though the forecast has it rising to as high as a one in 10 year level by Monday.

A high streamflow advisory for the Salmon River was issued yesterday but was short lived as the temperatures eased throughout the region.

The CN underpass for the Rivers Trail at Riverside Park was closed because of high water earlier this week
Dan Sutherland, the Assistant Chief Communications with Kamloops Fire Rescue, says no properties have been threatened in the city at this point but they are watching the river closely.

“We are still in the comfort area (for river levels) but we are close to the caution area,” he says. “We may have to close drain out points, but we have to get to quite a high level (for flooding.)”

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-This story was updated at 6:14 p.m., May 23, 2014 with the end of the severe thunderstorm watch.

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