Rainfall warning issued for Metro Vancouver ahead of strong Pacific storm

Jan 2 2020, 8:44 am

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning over parts of Metro Vancouver, just hours before a strong Pacific storm is expected to hit the coast of British Columbia.

The rainfall warning is in effect for the following areas:

  • Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver

According to the weather agency, precipitation from the storm is expected to reach the south coast at approximately 12 pm, and could be “briefly mixed with wet snow this afternoon.”

The rain is expected to be at its heaviest on Thursday evening and throughout Friday.

During this time, Environment Canada says that between 60 and 90 mm of rain is expected over Howe Sound and parts of Metro Vancouver.

According to a storm warning, first shared by Environment Canada on Wednesday afternoon, strong winds are expected, as well as possible snowfall at higher elevations. The storm is expected to ease up on Friday night, although light rain will continue into Saturday.

High winds from the storm on December 31 forced the cancellation of the NYE fireworks at Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour mountains and at the Space Needle in Seattle.

Flash flooding, water pooling, and localized flooding could all happen as a result of the heavy rain.

With files from Kenneth Chan.