FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has once again been issued for the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson regions today.
Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain.
Severe thunderstorms occurred yesterday over the Peace, Cariboo, Yellowhead, Columbia, and Thompson regions.
Data shows that over 30,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the province on Wednesday.
Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Erven said that in Northeast B.C. and Northwest Alberta alone, there were close to 10,000 lightning strikes recorded after a series of thunderstorms passed over the region throughout the day.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued in the Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview area during the afternoon when a thunderstorm dropped around 45.5 millimetres of rain in two hours and caused localized flooding in Beaverlodge.
A second warning was issued in the South Peace during the evening after a weather station near Tumbler Ridge also recorded around 45 millimetres of rain in a two-hour span.
Forecasters say that the ridge of high pressure that caused temperatures to soar earlier in the week has moved into the Prairies and been replaced by a sluggish upper-level trough.
The cooler, unstable air associated with the trough will continue to produce showers and thunderstorms over the Interior for the next two days.
Environment Canada says that storms could become severe again this afternoon over much of the B.C. Interior, including Northeast B.C.