High Streamflow Advisory - Upper Columbia Print Article Font Size
A second in a series of atmospheric rivers is impacting the British Columbia Coast. Rainfall is expected to reach into the Interior ranges of the Province, bringing heavy local rainfall amounts to lower elevation and valley bottom locations throughout the Columbia, West Kootenay and East Kootenay, including Golden. Warming is also expected to contribute to snowmelt at mid-elevations and rain-on-snow runoff. Another weather system is forecast to impact British Columbia early next week, with additional rainfall expected for the Interior on Tuesday and Wednesday.

River levels are expected to rise throughout today, with the potential for second peaks into later next week as the second system drops precipitation on the BC Interior. Warming temperatures during these events is anticipated to lead to significant snowmelt at lower and valley bottom elevations, leading to rain-on-snow runoff in smaller tributaries.

The River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for streams in southeast BC including:
  • Upper Columbia including Revelstoke and Golden and surrounding areas including lower elevation and valley bottom tributaries.
With the potential for increased river flow, we would like to remind residents to use extra caution in and around the river during this time:
  • Exercise caution around river banks as fast-moving water can cause erosion and destabilization of river banks.
  • Warn children about the dangers of fast-moving water, especially if you live near the river.
  • Keep pets away from fast-moving water.
The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

View the advisory at: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/advisories/HSA_2021_11_28_1030_SE_iss.pdf

For updated information on advisories, visit: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm