Forecast calls for ‘long-duration rainfall event’ over Easter weekend in B.C.

Easter weekend will be a wet one on British Columbia’s south coast and on Vancouver Island.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement at noon on Friday, April 7, saying a “prolonged rainfall event” was expected beginning Friday evening and continuing through Sunday evening, April 9.

“Rainfall can vary significantly depending on location and elevation,” the forecast noted. “Generally, higher rainfall is expected in West Vancouver, the North Shore and the Howe Sound area.”

Forecasts call for total rainfall of between 30 and 150 millimeters, which combined with snowmelt will increase river flow and could bring localized flooding in low-lying areas.

On Thursday, April 6, the BC River Forecast Center issued a high-flow warning for Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, Howe Sound and the North Shore Mountains, noting a weekend of moderate to heavy rain could add up to 200 mm . Precipitation, and possibly more on higher terrain. The River Forecast Center said the river could rise rapidly over the weekend.

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