Saturday, January 18th 2020, 9:15 pm - Storm brings upwards of 100+ mm of rain, along with potential for localized flooding, avalanches and freezing rain
Low-elevation snow is all but over for the coasts in B.C., courtesy of temperatures closer to what the province is used to in January. However, that means copious amounts of rainfall raising flood risk at the lower elevations and avalanche danger at the upper elevations, with periods of freezing rain for the Fraser Valley as the day wears on. More on the timing and system impacts and risks, below.
- Risk of localized flooding; upwards of 100+ mm of rain for parts of South Coast through Sunday
- Freezing rain threat through Sunday
- Threat level is high for avalanches this weekend
- Rain continues until Monday, but break will be shortlived as more systems on the way
- Stay aware of ALERTS in your area
SUNDAY: HEAVY RAIN, FREEZING RAIN, SNOW AND LOCALIZED FLOODING RISK
Though parts of Metro Vancouver did pick up a bit more snow into early Saturday morning, it soon switched over to rain, and much of the coasts have instead experienced the kind of downpours that are the more typical mark of the season.
Through Sunday, western areas along the South Coast are expected to get upwards of 100+ mm of rain, central portions could see 50-75 mm while some parts of the eastern coast could see up to 50 mm in the same time period. The Lower Mainland Metro Vancouver could see 15-30 mm of rain.
Milder air returned temperatures about-normal values Saturday, with more of the same Sunday, with daytime highs reaching to mid-to-upper single digits across most of the province. The warmer temperatures, combined with additional rainfall, will melt snow already on the ground, creating the threat for localized flooding in some lower elevations this weekend.