Environment Canada has issued a wind and rainfall warning for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Howe Sound as a November storm bears down on the coast.
Environment Canada is predicting up to 60 millimeters of rain by tomorrow in some areas, including Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, and the North Shore. An intense front will be reaching the south coast Sunday night with strong winds, and the rain will become heavy overnight. Heavy rain could also cause some flash floods and some water pooling on the roads.
The agency says an intense front is due to hit the south coast Sunday evening. Rainfall will become heavy by Sunday night and persist throughout Monday.
The warning, which anticipates accumulation of up to 80 millimetres of rain by Tuesday, applies to the North Shore, northeast parts of Metro Vancouver — including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge — and the western Fraser Valley.
Rainfall warning for Lower Mainland, wind warnings for north and west coast as November storm bears down. Up to 60mm of rain possible for parts of Metro tonight and into tomorrow. @ECCCWeatherBC also teasing us with the possibility of a thunderstorm on Tues. #BCStorm pic.twitter.com/O6uwFtoL2f
It also warns that heavy rain could mean reduced visibility on the roads, and reminds drivers to turn on your lights, slow down, and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
Metro Vancouver’s southwest, which includes Richmond and Delta is also facing a wind warning, with winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour forecast for Monday.
What’s more, the storm is forecast to arrive during a king tide — a period when natural forces produce the highest tides of the year.
GREATER VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Stormy, wet weather is heading toward Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley later today.
The combination of king tides and stormy weather has been known to create limited flooding in low-lying areas.
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Wind Warning: S-SE gusts to 80 km/h this evening through Wednesday morning. Wed? Yep Wed! Power outages & ferry delays are likely.
King tide (mid morn. Mon. Tues & Wed) + strong SE winds = high water in areas like Boundary Bay, Gulf Islands & Sunshine Coast.#[email protected] pic.twitter.com/YMYiwgSEbX
“The strong southerly winds will coincide with high tides and may produce higher than normal water levels (storm surge) for areas near the shore,” reads the warning.
The rest of Metro Vancouver remains under a special weather statement, with strong winds and rain anticipated Sunday and into Monday morning and the possibility of thunderstorms on Tuesday.
Wind warnings are also in effect for Haida Gwaii along with the the northern and western parts of Vancouver Island.
Those regions are forecast to get the first taste of Sunday’s storm, with winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour and gusting to 110 kilometres per hour by the evening.