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B.C.: Latest messy system comes to an end, drier weekend next

Thursday, December 12th 2019, 9:34 pm - Snow for the higher elevations and mountains, and copious downpours for the coasts, will come to and end Friday, ahead of a drier weekend.

Plenty of snow up in the mountains and rain down at the coasts as the last day of the workweek beckons, but it should be wrapping up by Friday morning. Skiers will likely be happy, but those hoping to dry out a bit can look forward to a fairer weekend before moisture returns next week. Details below.

Visit our Complete Guide to Winter 2019/2020 for an in depth look at the Winter Forecast, tips to plan for it and a sneak peek at the spring season next year


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Rain and snow largely comes to an end Friday
  • Offshore ridge keeps unsettled weather out of B.C. for the weekend
  • Wet weather returns into next week
  • Stay aware of ALERTS in your area

WATCH: WAVES OF MOISTURE WASH OVER B.C.

FRIDAY - RAIN COMES TO AN END

All this rain came courtesy of a sluggish upper-level low churning slowly far to the north in the Gulf of Alaska, drawing waves of moisture below it into B.C.

In terms of rain, parts of the region were set to receive as much as 75 mm (in western Vancouver Island), with up to 50 mm for the lower mainland. By Friday morning, those regions will have picked up a scant few more millimetres, though the bulk will have fallen overnight.

BC Rain

In the mountains, Thursday saw some heavy snow in the mountain passes, though travel does improve into Friday, with freezing levels expected to rise from the previous night. The peaks will still see a few flakes into Friday morning, and what does fall is expected to stick around -- a real boon for skiers hoping to hit the slopes this weekend, taking advantage of the relatively calm weekend ahead of more unsettled conditions expected next week.

WEEKEND - A DRY BREAK FOR MOST

The effects of that low-pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska will be a memory by the weekend, and a different atmospheric setup takes shape as the week ends.

A building ridge of high pressure is set to act as a barrier to unsettled weather, keeping it out of B.C. for the weekend. Watch below:

Enjoy it while you can, as wet weather looks set to return next week. Check back before then as we keep an eye on that forecast.

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