High streamflow advisories have been issued for a number of Kamloops-area waterways west of the city.
The River Forecast Centre has issued the advisories for lower Thompson River tributaries, including Guichon Creek, Deadman River and tributaries around Savona, Cache Creek, Ashcroft and Logan Lake. The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a high streamflow advisory for Bonaparte River.
The River Forecast Centre said recent precipitation and ongoing snowmelt has led to a rise in river levels through the region over the past few days. Temperatures are easing, with freezing temperatures observed at mid-elevations overnight.
As of April 1 readings, the snowpack depth in both the North Thompson (103 per cent of normal) and South Thompson (100 per cent of normal) basins was about average.
The River Forecast Centre said weather into the week is expected to remain relatively stable, with no significant amounts of rainfall expected, but temperatures are expected to gradually warm in the next few days.
The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.
In Kamloops, the level of the Thompson River at Overlanders Bridge was at 3.084 metres (10.1 feet) as of 8:45 a.m. on Monday (April 26). When flood watch notices were issued last July, the river level was at 7.5 metres (24.6 feet).
A high streamflow advisory means river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
A flood watch means river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.
A flood warning means river levels have exceeded bankfull, or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.