Thunderstorm could hit Cranbrook Tuesday

Weather Office warns the East Kootenay could experience a "prolonged rainfall event" this week

Meteorologists have issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the East Kootenay.

According to Environment Canada, an upper low pressure system is on its way across B.C. and is likely to bring heavy rainfall, and possibly large hail and damaging winds to the slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Throughout Tuesday, meteorologists suggest the East Kootenay will experience between 25 and 35 millimetres of rain.

“The potential exists that some of these thunderstorms may become severe. These severe thunderstorms are capable of giving large hail and damaging wind gusts,” reads a Weather Office alert issued Tuesday morning.

The rainy weather is expected to stay with us all week, according to meteorologists.

“This upper low pressure system will situate over the Washington and Oregon states by Wednesday morning and then remain quasi-stationary through much of this week. Moisture will continue to wrap around this feature and affect the southern interior and the Kootenays over the next few days. There is still uncertainty to the location of this wrap-around moisture but it is not out of the question that some of the affected regions may experience a prolonged rainfall event,” reads the alert.