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Pemberton Music Festival braces for fourth and final day

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Pemberton
PARTY DOWN Festivalgoers had a bit of a wait on Saturday night, as hundreds boarded shuttles bound for Whistler. Photo by Braden Dupuis

On the fourth and final day of the Pemberton Music Festival, organizers and fans alike are hoping the storms stay well enough away.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Pemberton, issued at 10:34 a.m. this morning by Environment Canada (EC).

“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and heavy rain,” a statement on the EC website read.

It’s unclear what the severe thunderstorm watch means for the final day of the festival. Organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Stay tuned to Pique’s Facebook page for updates.

Day 3 saw rain and flashes of lightning in the early evening, drenching the festival grounds and delaying The Killers’ scheduled 8:45 p.m. set by about 30 minutes.

But the skies soon cleared, The Killers performed and the party continued well into the night.

There was once again some irritation from tired festivalgoers hoping to shuttle back to Whistler, however. Some reported waiting hours to board a bus.

It wasn’t for a lack of buses, though. A parade of shuttles cycled through the parking lot for hours — some bearing names from places like Cold Lake, Alta. and Seattle, Wash. — they simply couldn’t be loaded fast enough, as masses of spent partiers waited to board.

Barring any weather cancellations, the 2016 Pemberton Music Festival wraps up today with performances by Tyler, the Creator, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Pearl Jam.