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Flood Watch issued for Cariboo and Chilcotin…

The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Watch for:

  • Cariboo and Chilcotin (Fraser Plateau) including tributary rivers and streams around Nazko, Chilako, Prince George, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Alexis Creek, Anahim Lake, Cache Creek and surrounding areas

Cold spring weather over the past month has transition to climbing temperatures over the past several days throughout the BC Interior. Daily maximum temperatures over the past few days has been in the in 10-15˚C range in Williams Lake and Prince George, compared to the sub-zero daily maximum temperatures that persisted earlier in the month.

(Fraser River in Prince George on April 13, 2020. PJXM News PHOTO)

Snowmelt has begun across the region over the past few days, with reports that the rapid transition in temperatures may be playing a factor in increased overland flow due to frozen ground conditions and ice-jamming.
River levels through the region have been rising quickly over the past several days, with high flows being observed in small tributary rivers and creeks throughout the Interior Plateau from Cache Creek north through Williams Lake, Quesnel and west across the Chilcotin.

Temperatures are expected to continue to rise today and into Monday, with daytime high temperatures up to 17-19˚C forecasted for Prince George and Williams Lake. Snowmelt rates are expected to increase with this warming, and streamflow is expected to continue to increase through Monday-Tuesday.

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the situation and provides updates as conditions warrant.

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