Rainfall warning in effect for Metro Vancouver

Dec 20 2017, 1:06 am

Another frontal system has moved into the South Coast of British Columbia, bringing torrential rainfall to the region beginning tonight and through Monday.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning, with rainfall amounts of up to 50 mm expected by Monday afternoon for the North Shore municipalities and higher terrain north of Lougheed Highway.

“Rainfall amounts are expected to vary considerably across the Lower Mainland,” reads the federal government’s weather statement. “Much lighter amounts are forecast over southern sections with increasingly larger amounts closer to the mountains.”

The storm system is expected to stall over the Metro Vancouver region on Monday. However, unlike Saturday’s storm, no high winds are expected.

Localized flash flooding in low-lying areas is a possibility and washouts could occur near rivers, creeks and culverts. Furthermore, due to the drought conditions experienced over the summer, the region’s soil has less capacity to absorb water quickly.

Drivers are advised to exercise extra caution as road surfaces may become slippery.

More rain is expected for the region until Friday when a high pressure system is forecasted to move in, bringing sunny weather for the weekend.

DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

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