Another barrage of active weather headed our way

Here it comes again.

Environment Canada has issued another severe weather warning for the South Okanagan — this time as heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms bears down on the region.

The storm is expected to hit late Thursday as a developing cold front stalls over the Southern BC Interior. It should leave the area on Friday.

Rain and the threat of thunderstorms are likely beginning late Thursday.

The rain, combined with an above-average spring snow melt, could lead to rising river levels and may increase the risk of flooding.

The Osoyoos area has largely escaped the effects of spring freshet activity, with some higher water levels but no major flooding.

Instead, the evening’s storm activity provided a pastime of sorts as residents stayed up late to watch the storm from the safety of their doorstep, porch or window.

The Town’s public works department, however, is on alert and administrators are keeping an eye on water activity in both the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys.

Officials are also urging caution, warning residents that quick-flowing water and adjacent riverbanks are potentially unsafe and to stay away from washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.