VANCOUVER â€” Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for a large swath of southern B.C. over the potential for severe thunderstorms.
The advisory says conditions are favourable for the development of the storms that could produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.
Environment Canada says a Pacific cold front is approaching the coast and will develop over the southwestern Interior of the province Thursday night.
It says heavy rain associated with the storms, combined with spring snow melt will lead to rising river levels and could increase the risk of flooding.
Thunderstorms are predicted for Greater Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands, Metro Vancouver, Whistler, and the Fraser Valley.
The storm is also expected to sweep up the Fraser Canyon, and in the regions of the Nicola, the North and South Thompson, Okanagan and Shuswap, Similkameen and North Columbia.
The Canadian Press