B.C. storm parade shows no signs of stopping as weekend nears

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B.C. storm parade shows no signs of stopping as weekend nears
B.C. storm parade shows no signs of stopping as weekend nears

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The past week has featured one stormy system after another, bringing rain at the coasts and snow in the mountains, and that pattern looks to persist through the weekend into Monday, though with pauses here and there. A closer look at what's to come, and whether there's any relief on the horizon, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Multiple rounds of rain continue through the weekend for Vancouver Island and the South Coast

  • High-elevation snow will make driving the mountain passes difficult

  • Potential for next storm to arrive for Christmas next week, but still early in the forecast

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THE WEEKEND: YET MORE ROUNDS OF RAIN FOR THE COASTS, SNOW FOR THE MOUNTAINS

As with much of the previous week, the weekend will follow a similar pattern: Rain continuing on from the previous evening, with a brief break in the afternoon, before the next round arrives later in the day through the overnight.

People in Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland will be waking up to the tapering remnants of Friday night's system, and can expect some drier hours before Saturday afternoon, when the next one moves in.

BCRAIN
BCRAIN

Sunday repeats the pattern, but forecasters say a longer pause can be expected later in the day, a prime opportunity for anyone who wants to get outside for a bit.

Freezing levels will be low enough for snow to continue into Saturday at the higher levels, making for difficult travel in the mountain passes once again.

BCSNOW
BCSNOW

FROM MIA GORDON: MORE RAIN AND MORE SNOW AHEAD FOR SOUTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA

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BEYOND: STILL MORE PRECIPITATION

In all, much of the South Coast will see 50-100 mm of rain by Monday, but 100-150 mm is likely for the west coast of Vancouver Island. Over the same period, more than a metre of snow is expected for many alpine areas and snow levels will be low enough for most of the precipitation to fall as snow at the ski areas and to cause very difficult to impossible travel through the mountain passes.

Beyond, there's a brief stretch of drier weather for the final days leading up to Christmas, but watching the potential for the next system to arrive during Christmas itself – most likely bringing rain to coastal areas and snow to the mountains.

Check back as we continue to monitor the forecast for B.C.