Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for coastal BC, including parts of Metro Vancouver.
The weather agency says that a “wet and windy weekend” is in store, and will affect northern Vancouver Island, the Central Coast, and the following areas in Metro Vancouver:
- Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
Environment Canada says that the heaviest rainfall is expected to take place on the west side of Vancouver Island and communities on the Central Coast.
“Mountainous regions further south including the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, and the North Shore Mountains will also see significant rainfall, potentially exceeding the rainfall warning criteria of 50 mm in 24 hours,” says the weather statement.
Strong winds are also expected to accompany the heavy downpour, with areas such as West Vancouver Island, Central Coast, and North Coast seeing winds in excess of 90 km/h on Saturday morning.
Members of the public are reminded to keep an eye on any rainfall and wind warnings from Environment Canada that may develop over the course of the weekend.