Batten down the hatches

Environment Canada has issued a weather alert for the B.C. Interior, including the Shuswap, with high winds and rain in the forecast.

Wind, rain and snow at higher elevations are in the cards for the B.C. Interior.

An Environment Canada alert warns that the first storm will hit tonight, with a more powerful one arriving Thursday and friday.

Meteorologist Doug Lundquist says the Shuswap towards Malakwa will likely get about 20 mm of rain Thursday and between 40 to 50 mm on Friday. For Salmon Arm, the numbers are 15 mm and 25.

“It will be windy in your neighbourhood, but it may not be as windy as Penticton,” he said  of the alert that predicts strong winds for the Interior beginning Thursday. “Sometime in the middle of the weekend, it could be really strong.”

Lundquist says the weather will be mild on Friday, but snow could be an issue at high mountain passes when a cold front moves through on Saturday morning.

“It’s a good reminder to have appropriate winter gear on and in your vehicle, and

Check Drive BC,” he says, noting the Shuswap has been experiencing quite a bit warmer than average temperatures and, since just prior to Halloween, has been a bit rainier than average.