Another rain and wind storm takes aim at South Island

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Another atmospheric river weather system is expected to hit the South Island later this weekend, according to Environment Canada.

Currently, the lion’s share of the rain is aimed at Metro Vancouver with the agency issuing a special weather statement for the city as the system heads to the west coast.

Victoria may be on the receiving end, however, according to Warning Preparedness Meteorologist with Environment Canada, Doug Lundquist.

“There is a more organized system coming for Sunday, the weekend Saturday, but mainly Sunday night into Monday.”

This next storm could result in more than 50 millimetres of precipitation in a 60-hour period — adding to an already wet fall.

“September and October was more like November. We’re in our third November here this year, with those two months being more like November when it comes to storminess,” Lundquist said.

As of November 11, the Victoria Airport recorded 83 millimetres of rain, according to Environment Canada.

The monthly average rainfall is about 150-millimetres.

Small creeks and rivers are now raging white water in areas as well, but so far, the BC River Forecast Centre has not issued any advisories or flood warnings.

Lundquist said the concern is the impact the atmospheric river may have on higher elevations in BC’s Interior, especially during a busy travel weekend.

“I worry about the snow on the high terrains. there might be periods where it’s snowing, then turning to rain. This is where we can get accidents and I’m worried about people dying on the highways.”

For now, residents who are out are ready for the storm.

“I don’t mind the rain. I have to look after my dog, doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or not.  She doesn’t mind the rain, so I’m happy and I know it’s going to rain, it’s November and it’s Victoria.”

“I’ve lived here long enough, and if you are not prepared for rain, you are not ready for Vancouver Island.”

The rain is not expected to start until Saturday afternoon.

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