Heavy rain, snow intensify in BC, warnings issued
Friday, January 10, 2014, 7:38 -
The winter season got off to a dry start across much of southern BC, but now a series of lows rolling through are making up for lost time.
A rainfall warning was issued for the southern coast early Friday, including Metro Vancouver, where upwards of 50 mm could fall through Saturday.
"Rain will intensify tonight over the south coast as the warm front passes and the cold front sweeps through," Environment Canada said in its Friday morning warning. "Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Howe Sound are expected to receive 50 mm [Friday night] while higher elevations in these regions may see more."
Meanwhile, in Whistler, it will be cold enough for snow with over 20 cm of snow forecast through the weekend.
That prompted Environment Canada to issue a snowfall warning for the area.
The warnings also cover parts of the Interior, where heavier amounts of accumulation are likely.
The avalanche risk has been rated as "high" for much of the weekend and the Canadian Avalanche Centre is warning snowmobilers, skiers and snow boarders to use extra caution when traveling to remote areas or dangerous terrain.
In addition to the heavy snow and rain, strong southeast winds are also forecast for the central and parts of the inner south coast.
Wind warnings have been issued for coastal communities, including Vancouver, Greater Victoria, and Vancouver Island.
"The central coast and north Vancouver Island can expect winds of 80 to 100 km/h while east Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast expect winds of 60 to 80 km/h," EC says.
The potentially damaging winds are expected to ease during the overnight hours.