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Heavy rain on tap for B.C. south coast

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:58 AM -

A "robust Pacific frontal system" is rapidly approaching coastal British Columbia, prompting rainfall warnings for some places. 

"The calm before the storm is through Friday. Our next big low pressure system will come on shore Friday night into Saturday morning with heavy rain along the coast and gusty winds in excess of 40 km/h in Vancouver on Saturday," explains Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon.


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The rainfall warning covers Howe Sound, West Vancouver Island and North Vancouver Island with up to 120 mm of rain expected through Saturday.

"Some locales on the island will see 100 – 150 mm of rain," Dillon adds. "Vancouver will see near 50 mm of rain, so localized ponding on roadways is possible."

People heading to the mountains this weekend are being warned to prepare for heavy snow through Sunday.

"As the frontal system approaches North Coast Inland regions an above freezing layer will form and freezing rain is expected for Terrace starting this afternoon, and persisting into the evening," EC adds. "For Stewart, this frontal system will bring heavy snow and 20 cm is expected to fall through late afternoon and into tonight."

Visit the Alerts section of the website to keep on top of watches and warnings across the country.

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