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.
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 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.
Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for Vancouver Island, including Greater Victoria, with winds up to 80 kilometres an hour expected late Sunday and early Monday. Heavy rain will accompany the wind. The federal agencys hourly forecast predicts southeast winds of 70 km/h between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday, then changing to south winds at 50 km/h for the rest of the day.
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.
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.