20 November 2017 0 Comments Posted By : Denise Ryan

Ferries cancelled as another #BCStorm hits Metro Vancouver

The rainy season arrived in full force on the South Coast this weekend, with a downpour that drenched Metro Vancouver but was well within expectations for the season, said Environment Canada meteorologist Jonathan Bau.

The adverse weather resulted in a number of cancelled sailings between Tsawwassen and Duke Point, and Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay on Sunday night.

In spite of rainfall warnings and a #BCStorm hashtag, our rainy weekend wasn’t a record-breaker.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning Saturday for Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster, advising that 50 to 70 millimetres of rain — enough to cause flooding and water-pooling — were expected between Saturday and Sunday, and expanded that warning later Saturday to include the North Shore, northeast Coquitlam and Maple Ridge.

Bau said that in spite of the heavy downpour in the Lower Mainland, rainfall measurements taken at YVR airport indicate the airport has received 14 mm of rain in the last 24 hours — far less than the record set in 1991 of 50.6 mm. But that doesn’t mean the rain hasn’t been intense, heavy and overbearing in the last 24 hours in Metro.

“The records are taken at the airport, and the airport gets less rain than the downtown area,” said Bau. While the airport got 14 mm, at least 43 mm had fallen in the city as of 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Snowfall warnings remain in place for the mountain passes, including the Coquihalla Hope to Merritt, the Trans-Canada Highway Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass, and Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass. 

Accidents closed the Coquihalla Highway in both directions between Hope and Merritt. It was expected to re-open around 11:30 p.m.

Bau said the Lower Mainland can look forward to sunny breaks Monday afternoon, but a warm front will bring “rain, more rain and more rain” from Tuesday through Thursday. 

Bau said the wet weather may continue.

“For this winter we are looking at a La Nina, with cooler than normal temperatures in December, January and February, and wetter than normal, so the likelihood of seeing snow at sea levels is increased.”

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