Snowpack that made for great skiing has grown in cool spring. (Big White Ski Resort)

Most of B.C. braces for big rain, snowmelt

Heavy rain expected through weekend, high stream warnings through Interior

Rainstorms bearing down on the B.C. Interior are causing flood preparations beyond the Okanagan, with high streamflow warnings across northern B.C. as rain melts snowpack through the coming weekend.

According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, snowpack for the Okanagan was the highest in the province at 147 per cent of normal by May. Cool temperatures and precipitation up to three times normal added significantly to snowpack during April in the Central Interior, South Interior, Okanagan and Kootenay regions.

The Lower Fraser had 139 per cent of normal snowpack by May, with 146 per cent for the Similkameen, 121 per cent for Boundary, 134 per cent for the West Kootenay and 137 per cent for East Kootenay. The South Coast had 132 per cent, with the Central Coast at only 60 per cent of normal snowpack.

The Northwest had generally drier than normal conditions this spring, but heavy rainfall is expected across the Northwest and Northeast through the weekend. High streamflow advisories have been issued for the Bulkley River and tributaries around Houston, Telkwa and Smithers, and all rivers and streams in the Peace region.

Those are in addition to high streamflow advisories in the Central Interior and Thompson regions, including the Coldwater, Nicola and Bonaparte Rivers, and small streams around Cache Creek, Merritt, Kamloops and surrounding areas.

High streamflow advisories continue for Shuswap, Okanagan, Similkameen, Boundary, West Kootenay, East Kootenay and Columbia regions, including rivers around Revelstoke and Golden.

Just Posted

Fernie and RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

Peanut Butter Campaign supports local food banks

Both Save On Foods in Fernie and Overwaitea in Sparwood participated in… Continue reading

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

Most Read