Heavy rain, snow continue in B.C. as multiple systems track through

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Heavy rain, snow continue in B.C. as multiple systems track through
Heavy rain, snow continue in B.C. as multiple systems track through

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The first full week of 2021 in B.C. will feature heavy rain near sea level and significant snowfall in alpine regions. The South Coast could see over 50 mm by the end of the week and some areas in the mountains could see up to 200 cm of snow. Freezing levels will drop throughout the first couple of days this week and certain parts of the Lower Mainland are seeing the potential for some snow. Details and timing, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Heavy rain continues for coastal regions

  • Potential for some snow in higher elevations of the Lower Mainland on Tuesday

  • Alpine regions could see up to 2 metres of snow by the end of this week

THIS WEEK: RAIN CONTINUES, POTENTIAL FOR SNOW IN LOWER MAINLAND

Th next Pacific low is on the doorstep of B.C. and will bring another wave of heavy coastal rain and alpine snow during the pre-dawn hours Monday morning. The low is part of a rainy, snowy pattern that won't ease up for several more days.

In all, seven-day rain totals of 100-150 mm are expected for the South Coast by the end of the week with 50-75 mm for Victoria and as much as 200-300 mm for the western Vancouver Island.

BCRAIN (2)
BCRAIN (2)

Freezing levels will drop steadily through the week, reaching 700 metres and 400 metres by Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, making for even more difficult travel beyond the mountain passes.

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With yet more moisture seeping in Tuesday with another system and freezing levels continuing to drop, there may be some snow reaching higher elevations of the Lower Mainland in the evening hours. Conditions will dry out Wednesday morning.

Some areas are likely to pick up as much as two metres of snow by the end of this week.

BCSNOW (1)
BCSNOW (1)

Temperature-wise, daytime highs will be near to slightly-below seasonal for coastal areas, and near seasonal for the Interior and east, with no sustained Arctic air in sight.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecasts.