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Series of storm systems aim for British Columbia


Heavy rain expected along the coast this weekend (courtesy: Sherry Durdle)
Heavy rain expected along the coast this weekend (courtesy: Sherry Durdle)

Staff writers

November 16, 2012 — Keep the rubber boots and umbrella handy. Up to 150 mm of rain are expected in parts of BC by early next week.

Rainfall forecast
Rainfall forecast

Residents in BC are bracing for a stormy weekend ahead as a large system pushes ashore.

"It will be a very messy couple of days with up to 80 mm of rain expected in the hardest hit areas through Saturday," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Places like Vancouver will pick up closer to 50 mm by Saturday."

On Friday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for multiple communities, including: Metro Vancouver, Whistler, Howe Sound and Vancouver Island, warning of heavy rain, with highest amounts expected over the North Shore Mountains and Howe Sound.

So far over 50 mm of rain has fallen in Vancouver this November, and the average monthly rainfall total for the city is around 170 mm. 

"It's looking like they will meet that average total by the weekend or early next week," adds Dillon.

The first in a series of storm systems began falling over northern parts of the province Friday afternoon. More storms will move into the region by Sunday, bringing up to 150 mm to hardest-hit areas by early next week.


Snowfall forecast
Snowfall forecast

While the stormy conditions aren't ideal for sky watchers hoping to catch the Leonid meteor shower, outdoor enthusiasts couldn't be happier with the forecast. 

"As heavy rain soaks the coast, heavy mountain snow will pile up in the higher elevations," says Dillon. 

Over 30 cm of snow is likely in places like Whistler, which is set to open on Saturday, five days ahead of schedule. 

Ski resorts say an early opening in November will mark a nice long season for riders.

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