Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

Residents on BC’s south coast are being warned to be careful on roads and around waterways as an “atmospheric river” supplies buckets of rain to the region.

Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, Whistler and eastern and western Vancouver Island.

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BCs south coast under warning of precipitation as ‘atmospheric river’ approaches

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Global BC chief meteorologist Mark Madryga said a pair of inbound Pacific frontal systems could deliver between 75 and 150 millimeters of rain to parts of the region Sunday morning.

“It’s going to falter back and forth and pretty much sit right above us between now and early Sunday, and that means rain, at times heavy,” he said.

“Do not be surprised if the rain lets up in a few evenings and then comes back and may drop a little tomorrow afternoon as these waves move in.”

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Precipitation, combined with a rising freezing point and snowmelt, could swell local waterways, prompting high flow rates from the BC River Forecast Center.

Forecast Center hydrolologist Jonathan Boyd urged people to refrain from the potentially unstable streams and rivers.

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“They are very dangerous in terms of going out in the desert or going hiking, and also peaks can happen in the middle of the night,” he said.

“Any area lying low along one of the rivers and susceptible to flooding is at risk at this event.”

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BC Ferries said it also monitors the possibility of strong winds with the rain, but that it does not anticipate any major disruption.

“If the forecast comes through as predicted, it should blow south, but not affect our service,” said BC Ferries spokesman Deborah Marshall.

“But across the northern Gulf islands, the wind is expected to be stronger, so that could affect some of our services.”

The heavy rain is expected to start giving up on Sunday, with a potential return to sunny skies by Monday.

Meanwhile, drivers are being asked to slow down and make sure their lights are on.

Residents are also encouraged to clear any drainage sites on or around their property to prevent flooding.

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