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Major system bringing heavy rainfall to BC coast on the weekend

There’s a lot of rain in the forecast in the next few days, which is both good and bad news for the parched BC coast.

Environment Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald says the weather system that moved in overnight Thursday is unusual for this time of year.

“This is a major shift in the weather pattern,” he says. “Not only is it exceptional given the drought, but really (at) this time of year we rarely see this amount of rain in such a short period of time. We’re going to see a deep system move onshore Friday morning and see a series of impulses deliver upwards of 100 millimetres (of rain) over the four day period.”

MacDonald says it could offer some relief from the drought, but at this point, the soil is has lost most of its capacity to adsorb water.

That has local officials warning about the runoff, and an increased risk of flash flooding in some areas.

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And a word of caution for drivers, roads will be slick today as the rain releases built up oil from the pavement.


Keep up to date with Environment Canada’s alerts here.

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