Heavy rain and snowfall forecast for northwest B.C.

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Heavy rain and snowfall is expected in northern B.C. from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, according to a weather notification released by Environment Canada and posted to the District of Houston Facebook page. The alert issued was issued for emergency managers and may differ from the public forecast issued by weather agency.

The weather agency lists possible flooding, risks of washouts, rockfall and landslides and challenging driving conditions as some of the impacts.

Meanwhile a winter storm warning is in effect for the north coast inland including Stewart. Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

A weather alert issued by Environment Canada on Friday (Nov. 19) morning, anticipates “hazardous” winter conditions. Snowfall is expected on Nov 19 and 20 followed by heavy rain on Nov 21 and 22.

“Snow accumulation up to 25 cm is expected, and will be followed by an atmospheric river type flow of warm air and heavy rain,” said the weather agency in its winter storm warning. As a result of which, heavy snow, followed by heavy rain and high freezing levels can cause snowpack to melt and drain to lower elevations.

“Two weather systems forecast to arrive on the north coast will bring two rounds of heavy precipitation. The first round, today, will stream in from the west bringing snow to the northern sections of the North Coast Inland region including Stewart. The second round, from Saturday afternoon until Monday morning, will arrive with a very strong southerly flow, strong winds, and rapidly rising freezing levels to 1,000 metres.”

Stewart which recently received heavy snowfalls will receive another generous accumulation. This will melt as the rain system arrives and drainage systems could be blocked or overwhelmed. Localized or perhaps widespread flooding could result.

Rapidly accumulating snow could also make travel difficult over some locations.

Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Terrace Standard

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