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Heavy rain continues through late week for South Coast

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Thursday, February 16, 2017, 10:20 AM - Heavy rain continues to soak the South Coast of B.C., with over 130 mm reported in Port Mellon so far.

A rainfall warning remains in effect for the Fraser Canyon Thursday morning.

"A strong Pacific front fueled with energy and moisture from the subtropics has brought heavy rain to the southern portions of the Fraser Canyon," says Environment Canada. "40 to 60 mm of rain has been reported since late Tuesday night. Areas near Boston Bar and southward will see total rainfall amounts of up to 75 mm by noon today [Thursday]."

Here's how this system will play out.


  • A Pacific front brings a prolonged period of rain to the South Coast, with rainfall warnings still in effect for the Fraser Canyon.
  • Risk of localized flooding through Vancouver Island and any locales with a significant snowpack.
  • Freezing levels drop to near 1000 m Thursday.
  • High avalanche risk for the Sea to Sky, South Coast Inland and Kootenay Boundary.

The South Coast could see an additional 15-30 mm of rain through Thursday.

As freezing levels drop to near 1000 m, high avalanche danger ratings have been issued for Whistler/Blackcomb and surrounding areas.

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"The South Coast will see a break from the rain into the weekend, until the next front tracks onto the coast Monday." says The Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm.

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Looking ahead into the long range, temperatures are likely to hover around the seasonal mark next week with several days of dry weather mid-to-late week.

Check back for updates as we continue to monitor the forecast.

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