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Wild weather begins

Update -- 2:15 p.m.

The sky is beginning to change and residents in West Kelowna have already experienced a quick hailstorm this afternoon.

Drew Loewen send us a short video of hail, followed by rain, pounding down on Desert Trailers.

Environment Canada has upgraded their weather statement and has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Okanagan Valley, stretching from Penticton to Vernon.  

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Original story -- 8:15 a.m.

Get ready for some wild weather over the next few days, as Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Okanagan Valley.

They are forecasting heavy rain and thunderstorms to rage through the valley both Wednesday and Thursday, due to a low-pressure system crossing into the BC Interior.

The thunderstorms may generate bursts of extremely heavy rain with local amounts of between 25-50 millimetres in a few hours or less. Depending on the amount of rainfall, smaller creek systems could see a rapid rise in their water levels and develop some minor flooding issues.

There could also be some lightning, gusting winds and hail that come along with the thunderstorms.

Environment Canada has issued these warnings across most of Southern BC, from the east coast of Vancouver Island through to Elk Valley in the province's southeast corner.


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