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Environment Canada issues special weather statement for Golden area

A frontal system will bring snow to higher elevations and change to rain.
River levels are expected to rise over the next few days as up to 70 mm of rainfall could come down as another atmospheric river moves across the province. (Claire Palmer photo)

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Golden and surrounding area.

A frontal system will bring snow to higher elevations and change to rain for townsites.

Snow is expected in places like Rogers Pass, Yoho Park and Kootenay Park.

Snow levels will rise to near 2000 metres Tuesday night. This will be accompanied by heavy rainfall on Wednesday. There is potential for increased runoff due to snowmelt and heavy rain on Wednesday, increasing the risk of flooding.

Approximately 30 to 70 mm of rain is being forecasted by Environment Canada.

A high streamflow advisory has been issued for the Kootenay and Upper Columbia region as well, due to a high volume of forecasted rainfall in the coming days across the BC Interior.

This means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

With the potential for increased river flow, the Town of Golden would like to remind residents to use extra caution in and around the river during this time.

Exercise caution around river banks as fast-moving water can cause erosion and destabilization of river banks.⁣⁣

It’s important to warn children about the dangers of fast-moving water, especially if you live near the river, and keep pets away from fast-moving water.⁣⁣

To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Check DriveBC before travelling, and continue to monitor alert and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

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