Heavy rain, significant alpine snow continue across B.C.

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Heavy rain, significant alpine snow continue across B.C.
Heavy rain, significant alpine snow continue across B.C.

The end of 2020 will end with rain across coastal regions of B.C. and snow in higher elevation areas. Certain alpine regions are seeing more snow than others and some areas could collect one or two metres of snow by next week. The unsettled trend will continue into the New Year and seven-day rain totals could exceed 300 mm in parts of western Vancouver Island. Details and timing, below.


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The soggy conditions will continue for many coastal regions in B.C., though some will get heavier deluges than others. By Thursday, western Vancouver Island's totals will be in the 75-100 mm range, while for Metro Vancouver, some 30-50 mm is in the cards, locally higher for some.

Higher elevation areas are seeing accumulating snowfall and hazardous winter conditions are expected from Squamish to Whistler.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” Environment Canada warns.


Another round of heavy precipitation is expected this weekend, with the potential for two rounds of significant snow for the southern Interior.

In all, this active pattern looks to continue well into next week at least. Seven-day rain totals of 75-150 mm are expected for the region, with 50-75 mm for Victoria, and 150-300 mm for the western Vancouver Island, locally higher.

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bcrain (2)

Freezing levels will hover around 1,100 metres for the next few days as well, allowing regular shots of snow from these systems.

That will make for periodically fraught mountain travel, along with as much as 1-2 metres of snow for the alpine regions, including the ski areas.

BC snow longrange
BC snow longrange

Temperatures will be near to slightly below seasonal for coastal areas and near seasonal for the Interior and areas east. No sustained Arctic air is in sight.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast details.