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Up to 120 mm of rain is forecast for BC's north coast prompting high stream flow advisories for some places.

Heavy rain prompts high stream flow advisory for BC's north coast

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 9:57 AM -

As much of BC's southern coast dries out, rainfall warnings cover parts of the north.

"The northern coast is seeing heavy rain through Wednesday with rainfall amounts in the 60-120 mm range," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter. "The central coast is seeing strong winds this morning and afternoon."

Wind gusts up to 100 km/h are forecast for sections of the north and central coast before easing through the afternoon as the system moves southward and weakens.

The heavy rain prompted the BC River Forecast Centre to issue a High Streamflow Advisory for the north coast on Monday.

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"Along with heavy rain and winds, temperatures are forecast to rise, and rapid snow melt is likely to occur at low to mid elevations," says the forecast centre. "Small to medium sized rivers in the Prince Rupert area are expected to see the highest flows. Further north (e.g. Stewart) temperatures are expected to remain colder, and further east (e.g. Kitimat) is forecast to receive less rainfall than the outer coastal areas."

River levels are expected to peak early to mid-day on Tuesday, with rivers currently forecast to reach two-year to five-year flow levels, the forecast centre adds.

While wide-spread flooding is not expected, some localized issues are possible.

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