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Pacific storm in British Columbia

Rainfall totals through Monday
Rainfall totals through Monday

Staff writers

April 1, 2012 — April has barely begun, but the old saying that "April showers bring May flowers" is already underway in some parts British Columbia.

Rain will persist all day Monday
Rain will persist all day Monday

An intense storm more typical mid-winter than early April will move into the BC coast Sunday night. Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for several areas of the province including Haida Gwaii, central coast, and North Vancouver Island. Strong southeasterly winds ahead of the low will develop in the evening and potentially exceed warning criteria by Monday morning.

Residents are advised that the combination of strong winds and heavy rain could cause some disruption for those who live in the associated regions. "The storm has potential to cause power outages in homes and businesses," warns Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Winds could reach as high as 110 km/h in some areas."

A significant rainfall is expected to drench the south coast all day Monday, as the low stalls over the area. Up to 55 mm of rain could fall over the island, Howe Sound, and North Shore Mountains throughout the day, and snow in areas further north.

For those choosing to go skiing up north for the day, extra travel time should be considered. This same system will bring up to 30 cm of snow in Whistler by the time all is said and done.

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