Get ready for some seriously stormy weather, B.C. According to Environment Canada, B.C. rain and snow warnings have been issued in nearly every part of the province. The warnings are for both Pacific and winter storms that are set to move into the province on Thursday, and they're calling for intense conditions.
In the early hours of January 2, 2020, Environment Canada issued 32 special weather statements and warnings for British Columbia. Metro Vancouver was not exempt from the list.
In each of these areas, heavy rain, snow, or strong winds are expected. According to the weather authority, "a strong Pacific storm is on the way for this afternoon and Friday for the BC coast."
The storm will spread to Vancouver Island late Thursday morning and onto the south coast in the early afternoon. By the late afternoon, strong winds will be developing.
Environment Canada has stated that initial temperatures will be cold enough to allow some of the precipitation to start as wet snow over higher elevations of Vancouver Island and the south coast.
“By this evening warm air accompanying the storm will drive freezing levels and temperatures higher so that precipitation changes to rain for most communities. The exception may be Whistler and the Sea to Sky Highway from Squamish to Whistler where snow could persist longer,” writes Environment Canada.
On Friday, heavy rain and strong winds are expected to continue with the most rainfall occurring over the central coast as well as north and west Vancouver Island.
Areas of Squamish, northern sections of Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley will also see a significant amount of rainfall.
Below is a map showing the parts of the province that are under weather warnings.
In Metro Vancouver, rain and wet snow will begin to fall on Thursday afternoon.
Throughout Friday, the rain will intensify and anywhere from 60 to 90 millimetres of rain will fall over Howe Sound and Metro Vancouver on Friday.
Along with the special weather statements, several snowfall warnings have been issued.
According to Environment Canada, up to 30 centimetres of snow is expected to hit several different places on January 2 with snow intensifying and persisting into Friday.
By Friday night and Saturday morning, the snow will taper off to become mixed with rain.