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.
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.
Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are also expecting some severe weather: a wind warning has been posted for the region as well. By tonight, gusts of wind could pick up to be 80 kilometers an hour.
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
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.
The combination of king tides and stormy weather has been known to create limited flooding in low-lying areas.
“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.
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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
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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.
Motorists headed inland on the Coquihalla are being advised that freezing rain is possible overnight and into the morning.
“Increasing southwesterly winds will lead to the development of a layer of warm air aloft which could melt falling snow. Should surface temperatures dip much below zero tonight, higher elevations of the Coquihalla could see a significant period of freezing rain begin before morning,” states Environment Canada.
As much as 100 millimetres of rain is expected for western and inland Vancouver Island by Tuesday, along with winds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. The eastern strip of the island could see 80 millimetres.
Haida Gwaii, the central coast and northern Vancouver Island are also forecast to get battered with wind, forecast up to 90 kilometres per hour and gusting to 110 kilometres per hour by the evening.