The forecast for the next four days is looking very rough for Metro Vancouver as a parade of storms are expected to hit the South Coast beginning early Saturday morning. New storms will arrive every day afterwards, until Tuesday when a more potent system makes landfall.
According to Environment Canada, each storm will bring powerful winds and heavy rainfall, with wind gusts of up to 80 km/hr and daily rainfall amounts totalling between 40 to 80 mm. Heavier rainfall volumes can be expected for Vancouver Island’s West Coast.
The moisture-packed systems are sub-tropical of origin, fuelled by the Pacific Ocean’s warm waters, effectively making it a “Pineapple Express” phenomenon for B.C.
Temperatures will remain steady and above seasonal through Tuesday with highs of 10°C. The warm conditions and expected heavy rainfall could melt and wash away much of the accumulated snow on the ski facilities in the North Shore mountains.
Whistler will experience heavy snowfall over the weekend, before precipitation transitions into a mix of rain and snowfall on Monday and Tuesday.