Environment Canada projects heavy rains for Southwest British Columbia
Category: #headlines  By Pranali Mehta  Date: 2022-12-30
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Environment Canada projects heavy rains for Southwest British Columbia

For the first time in several weeks, no weather warnings or alerts have been announced in British Columbia, and the flood warnings on the southern coast have been withdrawn. However, the Environment Canada has speculated more heavy rain considering the reportedly threatening inland hinterland conditions.

Apparently, Parks Canada and Avalanche Canada have issued a special public avalanche warning that covers the majority of the Columbia Mountains, Glacier, as well as Mount Revelstoke national parks, including the northern Rockies. The alerts are due to hazardous conditions generated by storms last week in the mountain ranges of BC Interior.

According to a press release from Avalanche Canada's weather forecaster Simon Horton, the snowpack is in a risky situation right now. The storm cycles that pounded western Canada over the previous weekend significantly boosted the lower snowpack's already low levels of snowfall. This has resulted in the likelihood of dangerous avalanches.

Communities along the Strait of Georgia are also paying close attention to sea levels, as more unexpectedly high tides are projected in the following days, including Wednesday's high of 15 feet in Vancouver and 18 feet in West Vancouver.

This is slightly lower than the high peak reached on early Tuesday when parts of Vancouver's seawall as well as some low-lying streets momentarily flooded, however, no severe damage was recorded.

While the Fraser Valley is still advised to maintain high river flows, the River Forecast Center has stopped monitoring flooding on Vancouver Island as well as the South Shore.

According to statistics from the Weather Bureau, Vancouver has had roughly 100 millimeters of rain since Christmas Eve, and river forecasts warn that rain, warmer temperatures, as well as melting snow from storms before Christmas may lead to flooding in low-lying areas.

Flood monitoring at the River Forecast Centre-based three-tiered warning system indicates that the river level is increasing, and there is a high possibility of flooding. The lowest category of the three warnings, which is a high current warning, warns of the possibility of a preceded moderate flooding in low-lying regions.

Source credit: https://canadatoday.news/ca/environment-canada-forecast-more-rain-for-southwest-bc-avalanche-warning-for-interior-206197/

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