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Rainy Canada Day ahead for Prince George with special weather statement in effect

Environment Canada calling for 40 mm of rain by Thursday (July 2)
Kyle Balzer - June 29, 2020 Downtown PG rainfall 2
Sideways rain falls during an afternoon thunderstorm in downtown Prince George. (via Kyle Balzer, PrinceGeorgeMatters)

Mother Nature appears to be taking advantage of several Prince George residents likely to stay inside on Canada Day this year.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the northern capital and its surrounding regions, which has potential for several periods of heavy rainfall this week. 

According to the forecast, Prince George could get as much as 40 mm of rain through until Thursday (July 2), but the national agency says with thunderstorms also on the horizon, that could add about 15 to 25 mm more over short periods of time.

"A low pressure system developing over Southern Alberta today will intensify as it moves northward into Northern Alberta by Wednesday evening. The system will funnel rain across the central interior," the special weather statement reads.

"Showers will transition into rain, heavy at times, tonight (June 30) or Wednesday morning (July 1). The rain will taper off on Thursday morning, but showers are likely Thursday afternoon."

Prince George could see a high of 15 C for Canada Day and winds that could gust up to 50 km/h that afternoon.

The BC River Forecast Centre has also upgraded the Upper Fraser River through Prince George and its neighbouring tributaries to a flood warning as a result of the incoming forecast.

Water levels in the South Fort George area are currently reading 8.86m, which, according to the provincial service, is between a two- and five-year flow rate.

A flood watch has also been placed on the Fraser River for its mainstem section between Prince George and Boston Bar.

With the potential for more periodic rainfall this week, the public is being reminded once again to stay clear of riverbanks as they may be unstable.

More information is available on the BC River Forecast Centre's website.


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About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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