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Rain prompts High Streamflow Advisory in BC


Rivers are running high on BC's South Coast
Rivers are running high on BC's South Coast

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

December 8, 2010 — The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the South Coast, thanks to a bout of heavy rain.

Rainfall amounts expected through Thursday
Rainfall amounts expected through Thursday

It's a low pressure system that's putting river forecasters in British Columbia on high alert.

Environment Canada issued rainfall warnings for parts of Vancouver Island, Howe Sound and the Lower Mainland this week, due to the heavy amounts of precipitation in the forecast.

“We've got a frontal system that's been drenching the coast,” says Brian Owsiak, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Some communities could see an additional 80 mm of rain Wednesday and Thursday.”

The west coast of Vancouver Island is forecast to receive the biggest drenching, while the Lower Mainland will be close behind. More than 60 mm of rain could fall in Metro Vancouver.

More rain is forecast for Vancouver
More rain is forecast for Vancouver

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the South Coast, which means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible. River levels are expected to peak Wednesday.

To stay up-to-date on current weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

Wondering what to expect this winter? Check The Weather Network's Winter Outlook 2010 / 2011.

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