Environment Canada Issues Rainfall Warning In Vancouver As Storm Is Expected To Hit Tonight

Environment Canada Issues Rainfall Warning In Vancouver As Storm Is Expected To Hit Tonight
Wind warning issued for parts of Vancouver Island as storm approaches
Sunday, November 25, 2018, 4:07 PM – From wind warnings to rain warnings, the west coast is seeing alerts for the miserable weather that an intense incoming front will bring. The front will approach the south coast Sunday night and will deliver strong winds and heavy rain that will continue overnight and cause frustrations for your Monday morning commute. More on timing and risk of subsequent thunderstorms, below. WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS: Special weather warning statements issued by Environment Canada for much of the south coast Moisture will continue inland, bringing snowfall that will intensify Monday for the interior Mountains West Vancouver Island could see 130+ mm of rain, 40-60 mm for the lower mainland through Monday night (Mark your calendars! Our all day #WinterForecast event takes place on November 26! Well give you the inside scoop on all things related to the snowy season!)

While the northern regions of the province have seen rain for most of the weekend, the southern portions will begin to receive their own share of rain during the day on Sunday.

Environment Canada warned that the gusts may be strong enough to cause damage to buildings, for example tearing away roof shingles or damaging windows. Gusty winds can damage soft shelters, tents and awnings at outdoor events, the weather agency said. High winds can also cause tree branches to break. People should secure loose objects to prevent them from being tossed by the wind, which could cause injury or damage.

Strong winds, heavy rains lash Vancouver Island

The rain and snow will intensify along the coast during Sunday afternoon and will reach the Vancouver area by the evening. The island can expect to receive some of the largest amounts of rain, with regions near Tofino potentially receiving over 130 mm.

The strong winds and heavy rain are caused by an intense front hitting the south coast. Winds are forecast to get stronger through the day and reach up to 80 kilometres an hour over exposed coastal areas by Sunday night. Winds are expected to ease Monday morning off the west coast of Vancouver Island and by Wednesday afternoon for the inner south coast.

Wind warnings issued for Greater Victoria, Vancouver Island

The wind gusts that will flow in with the rain are expected to strengthen during the day and could reach up to 80 km/h on exposed coastal regions. These winds will likely be strong enough to damage roofs, toss loose objects, and snap tree branches. The winds will move out much sooner than the precipitation and are expected to ease Monday morning off the west coast of Vancouver Island and by Wednesday afternoon for the inner regions of the south coast.

A wind warning is also in effect for North Vancouver Island with winds between 90 and 110 kilometres an hour expected Sunday evening. The weather advisory also warns of strong winds and heavy rain on Central Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.

A storm that is arriving on the B.C. coast Sunday has resulted in multiple weather warnings being issued from Environment Canada.

A wind warning forecasting of up to 80 km/h winds has been issued for south, east and west Vancouver Island — and the Southern Gulf Islands.

A rainfall warning has also been issued for west and east Vancouver Island warning of rain totalling 80 to 100 millimeters by Tuesday.

A wind warning on the North Island is a warning of winds up to 90 km/h gusting up to 110 Sunday evening .

Winds are expected to be the strongest tonight and ease Monday morning for most of the Island. The heaviest rainfall will come Sunday night and Monday morning before tapering off.

An unstable onshore flow on Tuesday may also bring scattered thunderstorms for coastal B.C. with locally intense rainfall rates and amounts.

Environment Canada warns that damage could occur. Items such as roof shingles could damage windows, and loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Tree branches could also break.

They also advise that the rainfall may result in high river levels and that the latest information flood warnings and advisories can be found on the BC River Forecast Centre page.