Thunderstorm watch issued for Revelstoke area

A major thunderstorm could hit the Revelstoke area Thursday night, Environment Canada is warning.

A thunderstorm is expected to hit the Revelstoke area later on Thursday.

A thunderstorm is expected to hit the Revelstoke area later on Thursday.

A major thunderstorm could hit the Revelstoke area Thursday night, Environment Canada is warning.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Thursday morning advising about the storm that is expected to move into the region later today.

“A strong upper low currently over the Coast Mountains will move into the southwestern B.C. Interior this afternoon, then slowly drift eastward tonight and Friday,” the warning states. “As the atmosphere becomes unstable, heavy showers and embedded thunderstorms will spread across the southern B.C. Interior this afternoon and tonight. Due to the convective nature of these showers, rainfall will be highly variable across these regions. Localized rainfall amounts upwards of 20 mm in a short period are possible.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for the Nicola, Okanagan Valley and South Thomson Areas, while the special weather statement applies to the West Kootenays, West Columbia, North Columbia and Shuswap.