Rainfall Warning calling for up to 12 cm across Metro Vancouver

Jan 31 2020, 8:03 am

Metro Vancouver’s Rainfall Warning remains in effect on Friday morning as an “intense low-pressure system with subtropical moisture” sweeps the area.

Environment Canada’s warning remains in effect over 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
  • Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta

The weather agency says that heavy rain is expected across the Fraser Vally, Howe Sound, Gibsons, and Metro Vancouver from now until Saturday.

Fortunately, a break is expected on Friday afternoon as the current warm front moves towards Squamish.

A cold front will return on Friday evening, however, bringing another round of heavy rain that will likely linger through to Saturday.

Total precipitation amounts are expected to be between 60 to 120 mm for the Fraser Valley, 130 mm (13 cm) for the Howe Sound, and 100 to 120 mm (between 10 to 12 cm) for Metro Vancouver.

Environment Canada says that the heavy downpour can cause flash flooding and water pooling on roads.