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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen monitoring storm system

The storm system is expected on Dec. 4 and has already resulted in warnings from government agencies
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is monitoring storm conditions. (Pixabay photo)

With a storm system expected to hit on Dec. 4, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre is actively monitoring updates on weather and river conditions

Residents and visitors are reminded to stay informed on changing weather and road conditions. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued warnings for heavy rainfall and freezing rain for the Coquihalla and Highway 3, west of Eastgate in Electoral Area H.

Those who are travelling are urged to check for regular updates before heading out on the road.

The River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Similkameen region. Residents and visitors are reminded to exercise caution around waterways. For more information about Flood Advisories and Warnings, please visit the River Forecast Centre website.

Information and alerts are also available through Voyent Alert! Notification. To register for routine and emergency notifications via email, text, or telephone, download the app and register at A link to Voyent Alert! Notifications can be on the regional district’s website at

For further information, please call the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225. In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

The province has been urging people to prepare as weather warnings have been issued for a storm that will bring heavy rain, strong winds and snow to some areas of the province on Dec. 4, easing on Dec. 5.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued rainfall warnings throughout Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon, Howe Sound, Skagit Valley, Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, Elk Valley, Metro Vancouver and Whistler. These areas are expected to receive significant rain, including up to 150 millimetres on parts of Vancouver Island, up to 100 mm in northern Metro Vancouver communities, up to 60 mm for the Fraser Canyon south of Lytton, and up to 70 mm in the Fraser Valley and the Coquihalla Highway (Hope to Merritt).

The Interior will also see impacts in the Kootenay region with up to 100 mm of rain on Highway 3 between the Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass from Monday night until Thursday morning.

John Arendt

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