Moist Pacific system brings 100+ mm of rain, mild temperatures to B.C.
Monday, April 7, 2014, 9:23 AM -
A very moist Pacific frontal system has settled over B.C.'s North Coast, prompting rainfall warnings for both coastal and inland sections.
"Heavy rainfall will continue along the North Coast through Monday night, with over 100 mm possible in some areas through Tuesday," says Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler.
The rain will push southward for Tuesday and lighter amounts (10-20 mm) are 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.
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The good news?
"Mild Pacific air has taken hold across southern B.C. on Monday, with temperatures near 20°C expected in the Okanogan," Ressler adds. "This could be our first 20 degree day in Canada."
On Sunday, Osoyoos reached 19.0°C, which was the hot spot of the entire country.
Who will be the first place in Canada to hit 20 degrees? Osoyoos was close on Sunday, reaching a high of 19.0! #FirstTo20— Gina Ressler (@ginaressler) April 7, 2014