A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect

Severe thunderstorm watch

According to Environment Canada, a "severe thunderstorm watch" is in place.

The watch was issued just after 8 p.m. and says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms tonight.

Environment Canada says the main threat is large hail, strong wind gusts, and heavy downpours.

The affected areas include: Okanagan Valley, Boundary, West Kootenay, Arrow Lakes - Slocan Lake, Kootenay Lake, East Kootenay - North, East Columbia, and Yoho Park - Kootenay Park.

"Current model guidance indicates that a line of possible severe thunderstorms will form over eastern Washington State this evening. These storms will then track northeastward and reach East Columbia and Yoho Park after midnight," Environment Canada said.

"Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develop."

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