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Powerful storm slams BC

Not a day for the backyard swing
Not a day for the backyard swing

Lisa Varano, staff writer

October 10, 2010 — A storm in British Columbia has brought heavy rain, strong winds, and even snow.

Forecast rainfall
Forecast rainfall

British Columbia's wet fall continues as Pacific lows keep riding the jet stream and slamming the province.

“The storm track is into the British Columbia coast because the current La Nina pattern has caused the jet stream to situate itself in this way,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Among the most impressive rainfall totals, as of Sunday night:

  • Grey Islet, north coast: 92 mm
  • Estevan Point, western Vancouver Island: 82 mm
  • McInnes Island, central coast: 71 mm

Peak wind gusts on Sunday included:

  • Langara Island, Queen Charlotte Islands: 149 km/h
  • Lucy Islands, north coast: 147 km/h
  • Grey Islet, north coast: 138 km/h

A must-have accessory in British Columbia
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The last storm soaked some of the same areas of coastal British Columbia on Friday night.

A cold front sweeping across the British Columbia Interior on Sunday was accompanied by strong winds and snow in some areas.

The snow was forecast for high mountain passes, such as along the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt.

On Thanksgiving Monday, another 100 mm of rain could fall on the central and north coasts. Leftover moisture will bring showers to metro Vancouver, but it won't be stormy on the Lower Mainland. Check your B.C. Thanksgiving Day forecast.

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