Warfield, B.C. first Canadian community to top 20°C in 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:10 PM -
A moist Pacific frontal system has settled over B.C.'s North Coast, prompting rainfall warnings for both coastal and inland sections.
The good news?
Mild Pacific air has taken hold in southern B.C.
Temps climbed to 20.2°C in Warfield Monday afternoon, making it the first Canadian community to top 20°C this year.
On Sunday, Osoyoos came close to reaching that milestone -- hitting 19.0 degrees Celsius. That was enough to make it the hot spot for the entire country.
"We're seeing a nice trend of warm weather to start off the week, especially in the Interior," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm.
"That should continue through Tuesday, with a slight cool down on Wednesday. Seasonal temperatures will return by Thursday."
In the meantime, heavy rainfall will continue along the North Coast through Monday night, with over 100 mm possible in some areas through Tuesday.
The rain will then push southward, with up to 20 mm forecast in some places, including Vancouver.
"Monday's storm will pack a punch and is driving the Danger Ratings," says the Canadian Avalanche Centre. "The snowpack does not typically handle rapid change well and deeply buried persistent weak layers may re-awaken."
A "considerable" avalanche rating is expected through Tuesday and outdoor enthusiasts are being advised to avoid all avalanche terrain.