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Soggy weather soaks BC

Heavy rain has been drenching the coast of BC
Heavy rain has been drenching the coast of BC

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

December 9, 2010 — Impressive amounts of rain have soaked the BC coast, while snow has been falling in parts of the Interior.

Rainfall amounts continue to climb
Rainfall amounts continue to climb

It's a low pressure system that's had 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 50 mm of rain through Thursday.”

165 mm of rain has already fallen in Port Alberni, while 88 mm has fallen in Comox. Even Vancouver has gotten a decent drenching, with 65 mm of rain falling at the Harbour.

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

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.

Meanwhile, in the Interior, 15 to 25 cm of snow has fallen along the Coquihalla highway. Additional amounts of 5 - 10 cm are possible Thursday.

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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