Friday, April 9th 2021, 11:09 am - Rain and snow will accompany a widespread swath of precipitation in B.C. Friday, but this could be the last of it for a while.
British Columbia has been on a slow-moving teeter-totter over the past month, with only brief breaks in between ongoing periods of rain. A major pattern change is on the way however, though with one last day of widespread precipitation to get through first. More on the timing of this next round of rain and heavy snow, and the extended stretch of gorgeous spring weather that follows, below.
FRIDAY: LAST DAY OF WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION ROLLS THROUGH
Rain is set to move through coastal areas of British Columbia throughout the day on Friday before gradually easing by the overnight hours.
"Although it is not heavy, there will be periods of moderate rain, especially for the west coast of Vancouver Island and the central coast," says Matt Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
HEAVY SNOW PROMPTS WARNINGS OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES
Because this is not the first line of rain to move through the region this week, the last round set up a northerly flow, which brought with it some cooler temperatures. Freezing levels have slowly decreased to below 1000 metres over the past few days, with the risk for some significant snow over the highway passes for Friday.
A snowfall warning is in effect, with up to 20 cm of snow expected for the Coquihalla Highway by Saturday morning, with most other highway passes seeing accumulating snow as well.
"Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions," says Environment Canada in the warning. "Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow."
SATURDAY AND BEYOND: IMPROVING CONDITIONS, EXTENDED STRETCH OF GORGEOUS SPRING WEATHER
Conditions will improve through the day on Saturday, making way for some much deserved warmer and drier weather conditions on the way.
"A strong ridge, which is associated with fair weather and sunshine, is expected to develop and continue through next week, with temperatures in the high teens, and even 20s accompanying this pattern change," Grinter says.
This extended stretch of gorgeous spring weather is expected to last through the third week of April at least.
Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the changing pattern in B.C.