More wild weather expected Saturday

Severe thunderstorm watch, rainfall warning in effect for Penticton

Rain didn't dampen the spirits of fans Saturday morning at the Elvis festival.

Rain didn't dampen the spirits of fans Saturday morning at the Elvis festival.

Better hang on to your hat.

More wild weather is expected today, after last night’s storm that sparked a wicked lightning display and dumped 15 millimetres of rain on Penticton.

A spokesman for the city’s public works department said Penticton seemed to escape any serious harm from Friday’s weather event, but crews were sent out to clean catch basins that were plugged with debris, and post signage where gravel washed onto roads.

The cleanup effort continued through morning, but the window closed quickly.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch, which warned of the potential for damaging winds and large hail, plus a rainfall warning for most of the Southern Interior, including Penticton, which is expected to receive another 10 to 20mm of precipitation.

Those condition are expected to prevail through tonight, with a 60 per cent chance of rain and continued threat of thunderstorms forecast for Sunday.

Despite the gloomy predictions, as of Saturday morning, all events were proceeding as planned at both the Peach City Beach Cruise and the Penticton Elvis Festival. However, stage events will shut down if and when the weather becomes too severe.