Heavy rain, high elevation snow possible this weekend

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Okanagan Valley, with wet and cool temperatures on tap for the weekend.

Meterologist Doug Lundquist says after a historically dry May, getting some rain won't be a bad thing.

"This is finally back to the normal monsoonal weather we get in June - it was two to three weeks late this year in starting. I think it's more of a good news story than bad actually, because the Forest Service is going to breathe a bit of a sigh of relief, with the cooler conditions and more rain," he said.

"There's the risk of the storm being severe, and bringing in some localized impact, but there's always two sides to that coin."

However with the lake level still above full pool, he says strong winds could be the main contributor to potential flooding.

"That is the concern for Friday - often ahead of these systems, we get a decent southerly, or south-southwest wind. And then the thunderstorm's most likely on Saturday, but it could be Sunday as well. In thunderstorms we can also get gusty winds, so that is definitely a concern throughout the weekend."

Along with the rain in the valley, there could be snow sightings in the upper elevations, with a highway alert in effect for the Connector.

Lundquist says if it shows up, it shouldn't make much of an impact.

"I don't think it'll last long, even on the highways. Typically, if it sticks it's only in the overnight hours, and then by mid-morning things improve," he said.

"So if it does happen to snow, and you see it on the webcams on Sunday morning, it shouldn't take long to melt off."